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Chaim Bloom gives update on Red Sox extended search for pitching help

Chaim Bloom gives update on Red Sox extended search for pitching help

After dealing David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox certainly are in the market for some quality pitchers -- and they have been for a while now.

After struggling throughout the course of the 2018 season, Boston's search for pitching hasn't necessarily gone as planned. That search has become even more important with Chris Sale coming off an elbow injury, Nathan Eovaldi also returning from an elbow injury, and the likes of Eduardo Rodriguez and Martin Perez needing to prove themselves even more to the Boston front office.

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After clearing some cap space by sending Mookie Betts, along with Price, to the Dodgers, Boston's chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom addressed how the Red Sox will go about their continued search to fill the void not only in the starting rotation, but also the bullpen.

"It's certainly a hole that we need to fill," Bloom said on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show." "And we did spend the winter trying to acquire a lot of different depth options that we think have upside for us that we're going to get a look at this spring... a lot of different guys that could fill in and give us innings.

"And we're going to continue, we want to get a look at them and get our arms around what they can do, see how that shakes out in addition to the guys that were already on hand. And we're going to continue to look around the game of baseball to see if we can add to this pitching staff."

While continuing to look for pitching depth, interim manager Ron Roenicke believes that Brandon Workman "deserves a shot" to be Boston's closer this season. Considering Roenicke's statement, Bloom may be more inclined to focus his sights on acquiring another starter and adding some depth to the bullpen before looking for a true closer.

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

For a position so essential to baseball — no player handles the ball more often — the catching ranks in Red Sox history are surprisingly shallow.

Multiple seasons belong to players like Johnny Peacock, Pinch Thomas, Hick Cady, Roxy Walters, and Muddy Ruel, names that sound like they should belong to bouncers before big leaguers.

The dearth of catching talent may partly explain why the Red Sox routinely featured lousy starting rotations, at least until Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Co. arrived to give the club perennial Cy Young contenders no matter who squatted behind the plate.

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Had this list extended to 10 instead of five, some of the names would surprise you. Wally Schang, anyone? How about Bill Carrigan? There'd definitely be room for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Anyway, the overall talent level may be thin, but the top five are legit, with three All-Stars and two Hall of Famers.

Click here for the top five catchers in Red Sox history.

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

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With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more.