There is a handful of experienced left-handed pitchers on the ever-growing list of free agents. The Red Sox could throw contracts towards any one of those leftys on the market, but they would not be making the right choice. The Sox need to refer to their farm system. They need a seasoned pitcher who has paid his dues in the minors and is prepared for the big-league call.
Perhaps the Sox could take a look at Henry Owens. He spent last season with the Greenville Drive and tremendous statistics. He appeared in 23 games, and posted a record of 12-5. He hurls three primary pitches; a changeup, a breaking ball, and an impressive fastball. He is only 20-years-old, so it could take some time until he reaches his full potential, but if keeps at it, there is no doubt we’ll see him in Beantown soon enough. Owens will be a good choice to call on if all else fails this season.
Another option would be Drake Britton. He has a bit more experience and has been involved with the Sox Organization since 2008. SoxProspects.com compares his arm rotation to Jon Lester. He lacks with command but when he throws the ball just right, his fastball sizzles in at a raging 95 mph. There is some baggage that comes along with Britton. In each of his seven seasons, he has recorded more loses than wins. All it would take is a good pitching coach to get Britton in line and prepare him for major-league play.
Neither Owens nor Britton would be ready to play at the major-league level today. Both players would require a little bit of work if they were called upon, but if the Sox find themselves in a situation similar to last season, the two pitchers would sure help.