Teams express interest in Red Sox pitchers

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ben Cherington said today at the GM Meetings that there has been some interest expressed in Boston’s veteran starters.

However, Cherington said, “there is interest, but not sure that pushes us one way or another. Teams are wading through the free-agent market and weighing that vs. trades. They’re just gathering information like we are, but we’ve had a few conversations.”

There are teams quite interested in John Lackey, who had a breakout year after his Tommy John surgery. Teams especially love the fact that he’s owed approximately $16 million total for the next two years. Because of a clause in his contract, he has to take a sixth year at minimum salary — $500,000 plus a cost-of-living increase in 2015 — because he had elbow surgery.


There has also been interest in all of Boston’s starters – Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, and Felix Doubront.

The Red Sox could be looking to add an outfield or first base bat depending on whether they re-sign Mike Napoli.

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