Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington is wheeling and dealing after the team missed out on signing Jon Lester.
Boston acquired Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, traded Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson, and Gabe Speier to the Detroit Tigers for Rick Porcello, and agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Justin Masterson.
Miley, 28, spent the first four years of his career in Arizona where he compiled a 38-35 record with a 3.79 ERA. He was an all-star during the 2012 season, but had his worst season as a full-time starter in 2014 going 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA.
Porcello, 25, had the best statistical season of his career in 2014 setting career highs in wins with 15, a 3.43 ERA, 204.2 innings pitched, and a 1.23 WHIP. Porcello will be a free agent at seasons end.
In the Porcello deal, the Red Sox traded Yoneis Cespedes who was one of Boston’s strongest trade chips after the team signed Hanley Ramirez to play left field.
Masterson, 29, had a major down year in 2014 after being an all-star in 2013. In 25 starts last season with Cleveland and St. Louis, Masterson went 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA.
Boston will certainly be hoping that John Farrell can straighten out Masterson, a former highly touted Red Sox prospect who was traded to Cleveland in 2009 for Victor Martinez.
Despite all these moves, the Red Sox still lack a premier front of the rotation starter, but Max Scherzer and James Shields are still available, and there have been constant rumors about the teams interest in Phillies starter Cole Hamels.
As presently constituted, Boston’s rotation consists of Clay Buchholz, Porcello, Joe Kelly, and Masterson.
After trading Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, Philly signaled they are officially in rebuilding mode, and are ready to continue shipping away core pieces.
The Red Sox are loaded with the necessary pieces to make a move for a player of Hamels’ caliber, but have yet to engage in serious trade talks.