In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
People though we needed to "beef up" the rotation. Problem was there wasnt a lot of attractive names that fit into the Sox plan that we could, or should have got.
Actually, although a TOTR starter is always coveted, our Roration has absorbed injuries and undeperformance this year to our top 2 pitchers. Weve also shown our depth with our prospects stepping up. So even though a good starter is always a +, I think both sides of that arguement were right.
I agree with pretty much everything here.
TOTR starter may have been "coveted", but not many felt it was one of our top winter priorities after we signed Dempster.
I remember after I made the statement that the chances were at most 50% that Lester and Buch would stay healthy and pitch well all year long, I heard these responses:
1) If they don't both pitch well, we have no chance anyways.
2) We have guys like Lackey, Dempster and Doubront, and one can step it up to take their place.
3) We have a strong depth at SP of Aceves, Tazawa, Mortensen, Webster, DLR, and other prospects that need to get a chance to show they are ML ready.
Almost nobody felt getting another solid SP was a top priority, or they felt the cost was too high and may have kept us from filling other high need areas. Most posters were more worried about our offense and the possibilities of injury or decline by players like Papi, Ellsbury, Drew, SV, Salty, and more. Others felt we had no chance, unless we picked up a solid RH'd middle of the order hitter as our top priority.