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Porcello, Miley, Masterson, and Kelly LLC

The Red Sox just completed a crazy couple of days at the winter meetings with a series of trades and a signing that resulted in a stocked up, if unspectacular, rotation and a bit more clarity regarding the outfield.

If the Red Sox were to start an account with, they clearly wouldn't have to think much about what is their type: he should be a former early round draft pick, a history of throwing 200 innings, ground ball pitcher, between the ages of 25-30, and not interested in a long term, expensive relationship at this time.

The Red Sox just picked up three of those gentlemen in 24 hours.  And that adds to the two they already had (less the innings factor). 

The Sox picked up lefty Wade Miley, and righties Justin Masterson and Rick Porcello for an "all star" outfielder, $9 million, and two old-youngers trying to find a major league roster spot.  Meanwhile, they already have the oft-injured but uber-talented Joe Kelly and the oft-slumping but uber-talented Clay Buchholz.

I too want them to sign or trade for an ace.  I think they will try.  But they now can tell the Phillies that they just aren't trading Betts and Swihart, and the Phillies will have to believe them.  If they want to deal Hamels to the Sox, those guys aren't part of it.

If the Sox do start the season with that rotation, it could be worse.  Porcello and Masterson have B-level ace upsides and this rotation eats innings and keeps you in games.  With an improved offense the Sox shouldn't be that bad.  Then, mid-season, the Sox could very well decide to trade for a rental ace.

It was a good day to be a Red Sox fan.  Even if I can't quite get Wade Miley's name right: Wade Miller?  Miley Cyrus? 


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