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Ben Cherington: ‘We like where we’re at’ with starting pitchers

01.22.15 at 2:38 pm ET
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Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington

Speaking at the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner’€™s media availability Thursday, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington insinuated that no significant alternations would be made the club’€™s current starting rotation.

‘€œWe’€™re pursuing some stuff but I think it’€™s more what you would classify as depth related. That’€™s what we’€™re focused on this minute,’€ Cherington noted.

‘€œThe free agent market has been pricey this winter, obviously. Starting pitchers who perform at the highest level and do so consistently and are relatively young or near their primes, those guys are hard guys to get and they’€™re valuable and they cost a lot, where it’€™s dollars or talent. We’€™re trying to put ourselves in a position where we have that kind of caliber pitching and hopefully we have some of it internally. There’€™s no question the team benefits from having high-end starting pitching performances. It’€™s just the question of what’€™s the best way to get it. We’€™ve looked at all sorts of things, not just this offseason but previously.

‘€œWe like where we’€™re at. We like the collection of pitchers we have. We think there’€™s untapped potential in the group and the collection we have now can give us a strong pitching staff this year.’€

Currently, the Red Sox starting rotation includes Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Joe Kelly and Justin Masterson.

As for the level of interest the Red Sox might have in the top free agent pitcher still on the market, James Shields, Cherington reiterated that such an acquisition wouldn’€™t be likely.

We did meet with Shields and his agent back at the winter meetings. We met with most agents there, so it’€™s not to single out him. Most agents have several clients so you talk to people all the time. All I can say right now is as far as the starters are concerned, we’€™re really focused on the guys we have. We’€™re pursuing some opportunities maybe on some depth in certain areas, but there’€™s nothing on the front burner that would grab headlines.

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