Ben Cherington Rates Odds of Landing Another Starting Pitcher as ‘Unlikely’

WORCESTER — Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington hasn't met personally with free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt. But as each day passes along, the likelihood of landing the 34-year-old decreases.

"We wouldn't rule out adding a starter, but I think it's unlikely at this point," Cherington said before Wednesday's Town Hall session. "We're going to keep looking for ways to improve the team, including the pitching staff, I wouldn't expect any major changes."

For weeks, the Red Sox have looked into acquiring Oswalt or Edwin Jackson to bolster the starting rotation. Even with the low odds, Cherington mentioned he felt comfortable with the status of the current roster.

"There's elements of it we feel really good about and elements of it that we'd like to be stronger just like any year," Cherington said. "We think the lineup is pretty balanced and I think we have some options in the bullpen and that can be a strength. We like the front of the rotation. We're going to find out more about the end of the rotation in spring training and see if guys step up."

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