Red Sox MLB trade deadline targets: Starting pitchers

The Boston Red Sox rotation could soon be getting some reinforcements.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported Monday that Boston is among the contending teams actively scouring the starting pitching market ahead of Friday’s trade deadline. The New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies also are looking for rotation help, per the report.

Sources: At least 7 contenders are active in the starting pitching market now, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Dodgers, Padres, Astros, and Phillies. Should be a fascinating week ahead of Friday’s @MLB Trade Deadline. @MLBNetwork

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 26, 2021

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Red Sox starters have done enough to help maintain a first-place spot in the American League East, but it’s clear a move or two should be made to contend for a championship, even with ace Chris Sale set to return from Tommy John rehab.

So, which names could Chaim Bloom and Co. be inquiring about this week? Let’s go over some of the potential trade candidates:

Kyle Gibson, RHP, Texas Rangers

Gibson is one of the more intriguing names on the starting pitching market this summer. He’s in the midst of an All-Star campaign in which he has posted a 2.87 ERA and 1.18 WHIP through 19 starts for the lowly Rangers. His 50.8 percent groundball rate ranks seventh in MLB.

The 33-year-old veteran also is under team…

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