Free agents the Red Sox might pursue
Cliff Lee, starting pitcher, Texas Rangers
2010 stats: 12-9, 3.18 ERA, 212.1 IP, 185 SO, 1.00 WHIP, 18 walks
Even though he was beaten by Tim Lincecum and the Giants twice in the World Series, Cliff Lee has been one of the best pitchers in the majors since 2008, when he went 22-3 for the Indians with a 2.54 ERA. This year, he began the season with the Mariners and in 13 starts, looked to be on his way to contending for the Cy Young Award again. However, he got traded to the Rangers and won only four of 15 starts with Texas, with a 3.98 ERA and only going 4-6. Still, Lee, who pitched brilliantly in Game 1 of the ALDS, is the most coveted pitcher on the market, and some baseball experts are predicting the Yankees will sign him, with the New York Post reporting the signing could come as early as next week's winter meetings.
The Red Sox, who have Josh Beckett and John Lackey signed long-term, with Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester at the top of the rotation, may look for help elsewhere, though Lee will be enticing.