It hasn't been a secret that the Red Sox are in dire need of pitching. An injured starting rotation and a lackluster bullpen, have been something that were a cause to concern to the team.

In recent weeks, the Sox have made moves to help that problem. Trading for Andrew Bailey, Mark Melancon, and Clayton Mortensen, while signing Vicente Padilla to a minor league deal. 

With John Lackey out for the season, and Daisuke Matsuzaka expected to return after the All Star break, The Sox are to bolster the rotation. Making contract offers to pitchers Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson.  

Oswalt, 34, who spent last season with the Phillies, was 9-10 and had a 3.69 ERA in 26 starts for the Phillies. Injuries also hurt him as he missed 6 weeks due to a back injury. While Jackson, 28, went 12-9 in 32 games, 31 of which were starts. Jackson also had a 3.79 ERA during his season with the White Sox and Cardinals last season. 

Should either sign, it would help a rotation that has been decimated by injuries and scandal. 

 

BREAKING: Andrew Bailey avoids arbitration by signing a one year, $3.9 million dollar contract.