The Boston Red Sox are expected to add starting pitching this offseason, and they reportedly have their sights set on one of the top hurlers on the free-agent market.
Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com reports the Red Sox are among the teams interested in signing right-hander Marcus Stroman. Also in the mix are the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels and according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Seattle Mariners.
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Stroman, 30, spent the first five-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays before being traded to the New York Mets in 2019. He opted out of the 2020 season amid COVID-19 concerns and returned as a key contributor to the Mets rotation last season. In a league-leading 33 starts, Stroman went 10-13 with a 3.02 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
An All-Star in 2019, Stroman has started at least 32 games and surpassed 175 innings pitched in four of the past five full seasons.
The Red Sox are down a starter with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez leaving for the Detroit Tigers in free agency. They enter the winter with Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Pivetta, and Tanner Houck in their projected 2022 rotation.