{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Red Sox rotation deep even without Dempster

|
Red Sox rotation deep even without Dempster play video for Red Sox rotation deep even without Dempster

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Before Ryan Dempster told the Red Sox he wouldn't be pitching this season, the club had six established starters vying for five spots.

But even after Dempster announced his decision on Sunday, Boston still has plenty of depth in the rotation.

Barring injuries, Boston will open the season with a starting five of Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront.

If there is an injury or downturn in performance from anyone in that group, the Red Sox can turn to their young depth, which includes Brandon Workman, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes and Henry Owens.

"Other guys we're going to look to get multiple innings and stretch out [during camp] will be Brandon Workman for one, we've got Allen Webster, De La Rosa, [Drake] Britton," said manager John Farrell. "And then the other three young guys we have, Owens, Ranaudo and Barnes, we've got a good core group or good young group of what we feel are strong prospects. They're long on talent and they're short on experience. We feel confident with the talent that's here."

The one thing Dempster's departure does create for the Red Sox is some payroll space. He was due to make $13.25 million in 2014, meaning Boston might have more flexibility to re-sign shortstop Stephen Drew, who remains a free agent.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español