Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes today that adding starting pitching depth will be one of the main priorities for the Boston Red Sox this winter.
The team's current rotation has some question marks after Jon Lester and Josh Beckett. Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield are coming off injuries in 2009, and Wakefield will turn 44 next summer. Clay Buchholz, meanwhile, has never pitched a full season in the majors.
Abraham thinks it's unlikely that the Red Sox pursue a top free agent arm like John Lackey or Randy Wolf, but believes they'll focus on the second tier of high-upside pitchers recovering from injuries. We heard yesterday that Boston has some interest in Kelvim Escobar. Abraham names a few other notable potential targets: Ben Sheets, Rich Harden, Erik Bedard, and Justin Duchscherer.
Of course, the Roy Halladay rumors continue to persist as well. In a separate piece, Abraham blogs that he feels Halladay would be worth the price for the Red Sox (the price, presumably, being Buchholz, Casey Kelly, and another prospect or two).