BOSTON -- James Shields is still looking for a new home. Cole Hamels continues to see his name bandied about in trade rumors. And despite those factors, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is maintaining his stance that he doesn't expect to add another significant pitcher before Spring Training.
"I would expect the group we have for Spring Training is in place, and I would be surprised if there were any additions," Cherington said on Thursday. "I couldn't completely rule out a non-roster deal with someone, but we feel good about where we are with our position players and pitching group, so this is probably the group you'll see when we take the field in Fort Myers, [Fla.]"
The pitching group Cherington speaks of includes rotation holdovers Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly, along with new acquisitions Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson.
Miley signed a three-year, $19.25 million contract on Thursday to avoid arbitration.
Though there has been some uneasiness among the fan base about the Red Sox lacking a true ace, Cherington and manager John Farrell have expressed repeated confidence that the current group can get the job done collectively.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.