Last winter, the Red Sox were defending world champions, with a strong rotation of established veteran starters. And then the wheels came off over the summer, leading the front office to trade away any starter with a pulse, punting 2014 for a fresh slate in 2015. Things got pretty dark in August and September: Boston trotted out a slumping Clay Buchholz and a variety of underwhelming pitching prospects, who combined for a 4.93 ERA after July 31. It was clear the team needed pitching help.
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