Roche: Patience Still A Part Of Red Sox Plan

December 11, 2014 11:02 PM
Roche: Patience Still A Part Of Red Sox Plan
" BOSTON (CBS) — Let’s start by getting this out of the way: I was not happy that the Red Sox fell short in their bid to sign Jon Lester.

However, it’s time to move on, and that’s what Ben Cherington and his Baseball Ops department have done. Ben quickly made some moves in the pitching market. Lots of folks feel that the Sox still need an ace to replace Lester, and I agree. I do think that patience may be needed. Acquiring an ace is not easy. In fact, it may not happen this offseason. It could happen at the 2015 trade deadline or even next offseason. And, if you look at the Red Sox minor league system, it may not come until one of their young pitchers develops.

A great example of that? Jon Lester.

So, let’s take a look at where the Sox stand as the Winter Meetings end in San Diego, but with still work to be done.

Rotation

Clay Buchholz Joe Kelly Wade Miley Rick Porcello Justin Masterson

Clearly, it’s no Lester-Lackey 1-2 punch, but it’s vastly improved from what the Sox had to end the season "

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