Allen Webster was traded to the Diamondbacks for Wade Miley this week. (Getty Images)

Ben Cherington: Red Sox made deals this week while, 'maintaining really what we consider the top end of our young pitching'

Ryan Hannable
December 12, 2014 - 5:34 pm

It's been a busy week for the Red Sox, as with a free agent signing and two trades the team has added three starting pitchers. Maybe just as important for the organization, they didn't have to dive too deep into their pool of young talented pitchers to do so, as they gave up Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and a minor leaguer to acquire Wade Miley, and Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson and a minor leaguer to get Rick Porcello. General manager Ben Cherington is satisfied with the rotation as it stands now, as well as the young arms up and coming behind them. "If you look past the five guys you pencil in the rotation right now, we still feel like we have a good six or seven young pitchers beyond that who are all capable of being very good major league pitchers, and many of them major league starters in the not so distant future," Cherington said on a conference call Friday night. "Of course we don't know exactly what date that will happen on. It is certainly possible one or two of them could get a look in a bullpen role if the opportunity is there. We've been able to acquire the three starters that we have this week while still maintaining really what we consider the top end of our young pitching and still have what we think his really good young pitching depth besides the five guys that will likely open the season in the rotation." De La Rosa and Webster were both acquired from the Dodgers in the 2012 blockbuster deal with the Dodgers. The two pitchers showed flashes of being able to have success in the majors, but were too inconsistent. Over his two seasons of major league service with Boston, De La Rosa went 4-10 with a 4.54 ERA, while allowing 37 walks and striking out 80. He had eight quality starts in 2014 and allowed one run or less in six of his starts, which was the second-highest total on the staff behind Jon Lester (eight). Webster pitched to a 5-3 record with a 5.03 ERA, 28 walks, and 36 strikeouts in 11 games with the Red Sox last season. He spent the majority of his season with Triple-A Pawtucket where he appeared in 21 games, making 20 starts and posted a 2.90 ERA. "Rubby [De La Rosa] and Webby [Webster] are obviously young, talented guys who still are expected to turn into good big league pitchers," said Cherington. "They developed during the time in Boston and are probably closer to being big league pitchers than they were a couple years ago. That said, we're in a position where we need to add good major league starting pitching ... establish major league starting pitching and obviously Wade certainly is that guy, and to get a good left-handed major league starter like Wade whose got three years of control, three years of arbitration left, you have to give up something. Teams just aren't going to give guys like Wade away." When speaking Friday night, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said the organization has the pair "penciled" in as No. 3 and 4 starters -- something they wouldn't be in Boston. "Fortunately, we had young pitching depth to consider giving up a couple of young arms like Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster," Cherington said. "Certainly we wish them well and we expect them to flourish, but we're happy to get Wade on board and see him pitch in a Red Sox uniform."