With rumors that the Sox and Cubs may be working on a Coco Crisp-Jason Mrrquis swap (Count this Yanks fan as elated!), David Pinto weighs in on the Sox current pitching situation:
Watching the Red Sox pitching moves this spring, signing Colon, looking
at Freddy Garcia, and now a rumor about Marquis, I get the feeling they
were woefully unprepared for adversity in the starting rotation. The
depth that was a great strength for them last season seems to have
vanished. In all likelihood, they’ll be very good, but an injury to one
of the projected top five starters and one of the rookies not working
out and you suddenly have a team that’s very dependent on the offense.
I don’t know what the Sox could have done earlier in the off-season that would have addressed the current situation better. It’s fair to criticize the Schilling signing, which at the time, seemed like a bargain. But the pitching market was thin. In any case, I don’t understand why the Sox would make this move. Given the age and recent durability issues of their corner outfielders, I think a great defensive fourth outfielder is not as much a luxury as necessity for Boston. How much more value does a mediocre fifth arm give the team?