The Red Sox still desperately need a 4th starter. Roy Oswalt has no interest in coming to Boston, Edwin Jackson is looking for more money than Boston wants to pay, and will probably go somewhere that will inflate his stats so he can sign a big contract next year. Kenny Williams is Kenny Williams, so who knows what he's asking for Gavin Floyd.
Enter San Diego Padres pitcher Dustin Moseley. Moseley posted a 95 ERA- in his first full year as a starter, his 3.99 FIP and 4.22 xFIP look good in his first year as a full-time starter, and, importantly, he posted a 49% GB rate, which means he isn't totally a product of Petco Park. Moseley went down for the year after dislocating his shoulder during a game batting for the Padres (another resounding argument for the DH), and without Gavin Floyd's track record he should come fairly cheaply. He also will make just over 2 million dollars on the year, which is important for the suddenly frugal Sox FO.
Moseley isn't a sure thing, the last time he was in the AL East he pitched in 16 games, starting 9 of them and put up a 4.96 ERA. That's not pretty, but it's likely much better than we can expect from the Terrible Pitcher Medley we have competing for the #5 spot in our rotation. As a consistent starter, his numbers could improve, and a 3.80-4.20 is not out of the question. Given the current state of the rotation, being able to pencil that into the back of the rotation would be a huge step towards being confident in the team making the playoffs.
The other problem with Moseley is his stamina, last year he only pitched for 120 innings, but that was still his career high. He pitched 160+ innings in 2006, but he's not what one would call "reliable." This is for the #5 spot however, and after last year, 160 innings from one pitcher would feel like a godsend.
So, Mosely, cheap to pay, probably cheap to acquire, above-average arm for the #5 spot. Injury concerns. Thoughts?