The Boston Red Sox are looking for rotation help this winter after having a terrible one in 2020. I wrote a few days ago that they should go after these four starting pitchers. Well, one of those is reportedly off the board. Jon Lester is in talks on a contract with the Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports.
Lester, a former Red Sox starting pitcher, spent the last six years with the Cubs and won another World Series in 2016. He isn’t the same guy he was when he was the Red Sox’s ace before going to Oakland for one year but he would’ve still been a solid addition especially if Chris Sale isn’t going to rush back from Tommy John surgery.
While the Red Sox have brought back Martin Perez to be at the back of the rotation again this season, fans are growing impatient. Chaim Bloom traded away their best player, Mookie Betts, and a former Cy Young winner, David Price, so the team could get under the luxury tax and have flexibility to spend money this offseason and in the future.
Well, the offeason has come and they have been interested in a lot of players but haven’t made any major additions that suggest this team is going to contend for the postseason next season. Hunter Renfroe was added but he was only a free agent because the Rays designated him for assignment. Perez didn’t have a huge market and liked it in Boston so that wasn’t too impressive for him to return on a one-year deal with a club option.
This offseason is going slow for every team and every free agent, but teams inside their division are getting better and/or being called favorites to sign the biggest names out there like George Springer and Trevor Bauer. The Red Sox, meanwhile, seem to be making moves on the margins in hopes of bounceback seasons from their starters.
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