Found October 27, 2011 on Fenway West:
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The news that John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss 2012 might look somewhat positive at first glance. The man obviously has problems both off and on the field and would be a huge question mark for the 12 rotation. The Sox, however, are still short of starters. Even if Clay Buchholz comes back and John Lester and Josh Beckett start earning their millions again, problems remain. I don't believe the answer is another big free-agent signing.That is hit-or-miss, as Theo found when he brought in hurlers like Lackey and John Smoltz. Boston's farm system produced strong hurlers for a number of years; Lester and Buchholz attest to that, as well as Jonathan Papelbon and Daniel Bard, despite his late slide. Justin Masterson may have also worked out except for a rather ill-advised trade. But in the last two or three years, the system has produced little. If Michael Bowden, Felix Doubront, and Kyle Weiland are the best they can produce, there is trouble...
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