Red Sox Notes: Starting Pitcher, Cuban Prospects

Three years ago today, the Red Sox acquired David Aardsma from the White Sox for a pair of minor leaguers. Aardsma pitched to a 5.55 ERA in 48 2/3 innings for Boston in 2008, then was shipped to the Mariners after the season. Here's the latest from Beantown…

  • GM Theo Epstein told's Rob Bradford that the team's Spring Training roster is fully constructed. "Who knows when there might be a waiver claim, or one more minor league sign," said the GM, "but, we’re more or less set."
  • Epstein said one thing they would target on a minor league deal is a starting pitcher. "We do feel OK about our starting depth. That's one area we’re still looking, there might be a late minor-league sign, somebody who can go to Triple-A."
  • Alex Speier, Bradford's colleague at, wrote about the Red Sox and their cache of Cuban talent at the minor league level, highlighted by shortstop Jose Iglesias

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  1. craigkingsmont 5 years ago

    you wait, hes going to sign Justin Duchscherer, he has low risk high reward Theo signing all over him

  2. qbass187 5 years ago

    Justin Duescherer would be great. Bring him home to the team who drafted him.

    • bosox21 5 years ago

      I’m pretty sure I read on this site a few weeks back that Duescherer wanted to start. I know injuries can occur whenever but I don’t see him signing on with Boston.

  3. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    Once again Theo gets beaten by the Yanks. Had he acted sooner, he could have signed Colon to a minor league deal.

    • Sniderlover 5 years ago

      How do you know he didn’t? Theo could have tried to sign him but the fact Yanks don’t really have much of a rotation while the Red Sox is far better and Yankees would be far more attractive to Colon.

      Colon has a very little chance of getting any chance to play there while he could win a job in spring training with the Yankees.

    • flickadave 5 years ago

      I’m just surprised that Colon didn’t sign with the Phillies for less money.

    • davros42 5 years ago

      He did act sooner. He signed Colon to a minor league deal in 2008.

    • Good point. The Yankees pretended to be interested in Lee to drive the price up but their main offseason target was Bartolo Colón. Mission accomplished.

  4. Sox1265 5 years ago


  5. You'reProbablyWrong 5 years ago

    I think Theo is all set with Colon. He was here a few years ago, and the fat little toad took his ball and went home. He just upped and left.

  6. John LeClair 5 years ago

    THEO!!! What do you mean your done????!!! You still got so much time, you still need to trade for Pujols and King Felix.. Wth theo I had more faith in you than this .. :(

    Heres what I figured:

    Drew, Paps, Scuturo, and Elsbury for Felix

    Dice K, Cameron, and Fenway for Pujols K? And if they say no throw in Beckett and Lackey, and 25% ownership of the Sox, oh yea but than tell them they have to throw in Skip than…

    Than we are gonna tell John to let us play our home games at Liverpool K?

    Okay got that? Make it happen Chief, NOW GO!

    • jwredsox 5 years ago

      You know if you’re going to attempt to make fun of Red Sox fans you could at least put a little effort in.

      • You're Killing Me Smalls 5 years ago

        Or use the correct form of then….

      • John LeClair 5 years ago

        I’m not making fun of anyone I’m having fun, I’m a Red Sox fan, and I didn’t put any effort into it, cause that would of taken to much time.

    • redsox4120 5 years ago

      I hope to god this is sarcastic….

      • John LeClair 5 years ago

        Obviously.. I’d only give up 10% of Red Sox ownership for Pujols 😉

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Come on. If the Red Sox were to get Pujols we’d only need to give up Nava and Albers because Theo is so awesome.

  7. redsox4120 5 years ago

    Justin Duescherer would be an awesome depth move, sure. But he wants to start and be on a major league club, not in the minors. That said, some team(s) who is desperate for a starter is going to offer him a major league contract and that’ll be the team he signs with.

  8. Slopeboy 5 years ago


  9. Sox1265 5 years ago


  10. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Well Francona sees Lowrie taking over the infield duties and we have more outfielders than you can shake a stick at.

  11. RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

    Jed Lowrie says Hello!

  12. ugotrpk3113 5 years ago

    Why do you say that? I think a healthy Duescherer can be just as effective as Dice-K….

  13. woadude 5 years ago

    LOL if you think Lowrie will hit 18 plus bombs this year.

  14. Sox1265 5 years ago

    What about Red Sox off season good or bad

  15. BentoBox 5 years ago

    Lowrie doesn’t need to hit 18 plus bombs this year. Only 5 shortstops have done that last year. (Ramirez, Tulowitzki, Uribe, Gonzalez, Alexei Ramirez) As long as he plays decent defense and gets on base, he’ll be fine.

  16. Lowrie had a higher ISO and SLG than Teixeira and Victor Martinez last season. Not that they’re necessarily awesome I guess, but just to give you an idea. When his wrist has been healthy, he’s had some good power.

    18 might not be too much of a stretch if he gets 500ABs

  17. Guest 5 years ago

    He hit 9 HR’s in 29 games last season. He’ll hit more than 18 if he plays regularly.

  18. MaineSox 5 years ago

    I really think that even though Lowrie may realistically be a better SS than Scutaro, he really has more value to the team as a utility player. That way you have Lowrie who can back up 2B, SS, 3B and has been working on his 1B, you have Saltalamacchia who can catch and back up 1st, and you have Cameron and McDonald who can both play all three outfield spots.

  19. Sox1265 5 years ago

    Papelbon has to be big

  20. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Between signing Crawford, trading for Gonzalez, and getting the A’s pitching coach… I’d say it’s the best offseason the Red Sox have had since we signed Manny.

  21. MaineSox 5 years ago

    Until I looked just now I had forgotten that Scutaro has experience at third; I was thinking that he was basically a 2B/SS guy, so that is certainly a fair point. That being the case, even if you swap the two you still have a quality utility infielder who can play at least three of the infield positions just like Hall did. Either one of them would also provide better defense than Hall at any of those positions.

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  23. RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

    Don’t forget Pai’s gold glove backing up first!

  24. RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

    Meant Papi obviously!

  25. RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

    Awful! We signed Crawford and traded for AGonz when we could have traded for Vernon Wells and signed Carlos Pena! Worst offseason since we signed Foulke and traded for Schilling!

  26. RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

    At least I know the Red Sox have a quality backup infielder! How you like them apples!

  27. jwredsox 5 years ago

    That’s pure sample size. If Lowrie finished a season after getting a lot of playing time with a slugging % or ISO higher then either of those guys I’d eat my hat.

  28. RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

    Considering Lowrie missed 2/3 rds of last season, he is most definitely a replacement for Hall. Just admit your wrong and move on!

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