PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Starting pitcher Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox talks with Jason Varitek #33 during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 28, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
The Red Sox are looking to fill some holes in their injury-striken pitching rotation and exploring options all across the league. Red Sox starters Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, and Daisuke Matsuzaka are on the disabled list, along with relief pitcher Rich Hill. They currently have Andrew Miller and Kyle Weiland filling in the rotation.
The Red Sox are half game ahead of the Yankees and 5.5 games ahead of the Rays, so adding a veteran arm could make a huge difference going down the stretch. The Chicago Tribune reports the Red Sox are looking at Cubs pitcher Matt Garza, but considering what the Cubs gave up for him, the Red Sox would have to send a nice haul the Cubs' way. The Cubs could receive a package that includes Miller, former top prospect Lars Anderson, along with other near-MLB ready prospects.
The Pirates owe pitcher Paul Maholm 9.5 million dollars next season if they pick up his option. They are only a half game back in the NL Central after today's win, but could get a nice return for Maholm, who owns a 2.96 ERA this season. The Pirates have been one of the best stories this season, and an aggressive move at the deadline could really make them believe over in Pittsburgh.
Another option out of the NL Central is Astros pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. The Red Sox once had mild interest in Hunter Pence, but adding an innings eater like Rodriguez, would likely come at a relatively low cost, but given the Astros current predicament, they might be able to land one or two nice prospects.