I was just musing this afternoon, as we continue to watch Doubront seemingly come into his own...
In addition to Doubie (who will be 26 in October), the Red Sox will have a trio of veterans under contract in 2014 in Lackey, Peavy, and Dempster, along with a hopefully healthy Buchholz. Lester, of course, has a $13 million option. On the prospect side, Webster will have a full season in Triple-A under his belt, with Ranaudo possibly knocking on the door at some point. Let's presume that Workman and Britton stay in the bullpen...possibly De La Rosa as well.
Yes, I'm sure this will resolve itself, as these things tend to do...but on the face of it, we appear to have a starting pitching surplus heading into next season. I shudder to say that (Bronson Arroyo, anyone?), but let's play the intellectual exercise anyway.
Do the signs point towards Lester's option being declined? Even with his struggles, $13 million is not bad value (consider what we're paying Dempster, for example)...sure, that money could be used elsewhere, but this winter's free agent class looks pretty lame.
If Lester is retained, do you consider moving someone to the bullpen? Get creative and trade someone for a bat or a closer?
What say you?