Darvish unlikely on Red Sox radar

December, 8, 2011
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DALLAS -- Before leaving the winter meetings, GM Ben Cherington indicated that the Red Sox are unlikely to participate in the posting process for highly regarded Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish.

"I'm not sure the timing of this offseason puts us in a position to be the most aggressive team,'' Cherington said. "But he’s a good pitcher. We have a lot of respect for him. We certainly will discuss it. We’ve got to figure out if a post makes sense.

"We’ve got a lot of commitment to the starting rotation, as you guys know. We feel pretty good about the front end of our rotation. Certainly if a team is going to be posting and trying to sign him, it's going to be part of the front end of the rotation. We feel pretty good about that part of our team.''

The front end of the Sox rotation is comprised of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz. The Sox also have nine-figure salary commitments to two other pitchers in 2012, John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka, both of whom underwent Tommy John elbow reconstruction. Lackey will miss the 2012 season; the Sox are hopeful that Matsuzaka is back sometime after midseason.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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