Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Red Sox still in need of extra starting pitching options

With the start of spring training now less than two weeks away, the Red Sox have filled most of their roster needs.

The return of Mitch Moreland gives them a lefty first baseman. The signing of Kevin Plawecki gave them a veteran backup catcher. Martin Perez filled a spot in the rotation.

But one area the Red Sox have yet to address is starting pitching depth. Over the course of a long season, teams usually need as many as 10 or more starting pitchers to account for injuries and under-performance. The Sox have a few options still in the organization, including Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez.

But neither was effective in 2019, and Johnson, in fact, is now off the 40-man roster after being designated for assignment earlier in the offseason.

The Sox have plenty of options still available to them on the free-agent market and, at this late date, could probably get most of them on minor league deals with invites to spring training.

A list of potential starters would include: