In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
I think I described his splitter as off the charts just yesterday. Do they read our stuff or what!
We don't have a lot of starting pitching talent signed beyond next year. We potentially lose Peavy and Lester next year. Dempster the year after.
I don't want to count on what we have in AAA. At the same time, I think we all recognize this contract is probably going to be beyond our payroll guidelines. I'm just saying I hope we look at it strongly. If it gets crazy as in $150 mil ( heh, it might ), then let's hope they do pass. We don't have money burning a hole in our pocket.
We lose Peavy and Dempster after 2014.
We lose Lester after 2014, unless we gamble and extend him at big bucks.
We lose Lackey after 2015.
The only known SP'ers we have under team control beyond 2015 are Buchholz (injury risk) and Doubront (still not a proven go to guy).
Yes, we have many fine pitching prospects that should fill a slot or two by 2016 (Ranaudo, Barnes, Webster, Owens, Workman, Britton, or others), but adding Tanaka should really solidify our rotation beyond the next couple years.
Even if we sign Tanaka and extend Lester, we'd still only have 4 SP'ers for 2016. If two prospects earn a slot, then it will be easy to trade from strength.