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"Even with Sale, this rotation may not be good. Brian Johnson was let go after posting a 6.02 ERA; he was brought back out of some desperation. The Sox signed Collin McHugh, but he’s still coming back from an elbow injury, isn’t throwing yet, and might be a reliever once he is. There is no upper-level depth at all. The Red Sox can reasonably look at Alex Verdugo and say they replaced Betts with a younger player who could be 75-80% of what they dealt. By including Price in the deal, though, they left themselves open to a rotation deficit. If Boston's season goes pear-shaped in a hurry, it won’t be because they traded Betts, but rather, because their rotation blows up."