Alex Cora can envision the Boston Red Sox assembling a good rotation sooner, rather than later.
The Red Sox manager addressed Boston’s starting pitching depth Sunday during his appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM. Boston had re-signed Martin Perez on a one-year contract shortly before Cora stressed patience in his assessment of the Red Sox’s rotation, as it currently stands.
“As far as the pitching, I do believe we’re deeper than actually ’19 and what the team was last year,” Cora said. “Little by little, the front office did a good job during the season last year and the offseason to add some quality arms, some intriguing arms. Yesterday, we add Martin (Perez), and you start looking around (and see) Eduardo (Perez); (Nathan) Eovaldi; (Nick) Pivetta; Martin; (Matt) Andriese; We’ve got Houck.
“So little by little, we’re building this puzzle. Like I said in November, I think I said it in December and I’m going to keep saying it until April 1, this puzzle is not completed. We have to be patient. But we’re going to be better.”
Cora then highlighted the importance he expects pitching depth will take during the 2021 season.
“Being deeper means the world this year,” Cora added. “You come from a short season and all of a sudden you’re asking these guys to perform at the highest level for a lot of innings. So you’ve got to be careful. We’re trying to do that and at the same time compete at the highest level on a daily basis.”
Pitchers and catchers will report to Red Sox spring training next month, at which time Cora will begin to determine which pitchers will comprise the rotation.
And there’s a chance additional hurlers will arrive before Opening Day, offering further intrigue to the dose of patience Cora recommends.