Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 3/22/12

Via MLBTradeRumors comes word from Nick Cafardo that the Red Sox are exploring the market for lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez. 

Gonzalez has been a fine pitcher throughout his career at various stops, including Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Texas. Predictably, he was better at his first two jobs -- as a younger pitcher in the NL -- than in his latter two.

I'm nonplussed by this news for the simple fact that there's been so much confusion over pitching this spring, even with two weeks to go. It seems we haven't done enough whittling down to begin with -- why go and add another mediocre arm to choose from?

As MLBTR points out, the Sox have four lefties with potential to make the team: Franklin Morales, Rich Hill, Andrew Miller, and Felix Doubront. This rumor at least confirms that Doubront is likely headed to the rotation. I still like Morales in the pen, and Hill and Miller are relatively expendable to me. But if they really want another lefty, I don't know that Gonzalez represents all that much of an upgrade over any of these guys.

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