The alternative is guys like Alfredo Aceves and Carlos Silva.
and everyone else (Padilla, Miller, etc.). If Oswalt settles for that 1 year at $5 million (with incentives no doubt) to start for the Sox, Cherington's patience will be rewarded. Otherwise, he possbily can't get that much money to pitch out of the bullpen of the Cardinals, the Rangers or anyone else. If Oswalt prefers elsewhere for less, then he doesn't belong in Boston. The money they will pay for him will simply be available to pay a # 5 starter they can acquire for the stretch run when Bard shifts back to the bullpen to be presumably replaced by Dice-K. Until then, I'm fine with the #5 starter by committee. However, I'm hopful that Miller, in particular, will harness his wildness and claim this job to start after his old Tar Heel rotation mate. While he might never fulfill it, he still has a higher theoretical upside than anyone else who might do this job including aging Oswalt. Lefties generally take longer than righties to gain command and, though Miller might never do so, I appreciate that he will get one more chance to make it with the Sox.