It's no small secret that the Boston Red Sox need to bolster their starting rotation, especially after Eduardo Rodriguez agreed to a multi-year contract with the Detroit Tigers earlier this month.
So, Chaim Bloom decided to make Boston's offseason plans public.
"We don't have anything teed up that I'd say is close, but we're very active in conversations with a few different guys," the Red Sox's chief baseball officer said in a press conference Monday when asked about the offseason market for starting pitchers.
"We've touched base with a wide variety of players -- just about everybody who's on the market -- and it's gotten more serious and more involved with some of them."
The Red Sox already have been linked to free-agent left-hander Steven Matz and had interest in former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander before he re-signed with the Houston Astros. Bloom and Co. also could explore the trade market, where pitchers on small-market teams like the Oakland A's (Frankie Montas, Sean Manaea and Chris Bassitt) or Cincinnati Reds (Luis Castillo) could be available.
Boston steering clear of Verlander and Noah Syndergaard suggests Bloom may not want to pay top dollar for pitching this winter. But Bloom essentially guaranteed the Red Sox will address their rotation and bullpen by 2022 spring training.
"I think by the time the offseason is over, we will have added pitching of various sorts, including starting pitching," Bloom said. "I think that's something that's a clear goal of ours. Who that's going to be or when, I don't know yet."
The Red Sox should boast one of the best offenses in baseball next season, but pitching remains a question mark across the board. So, the pressure is on Bloom to assemble the right mix of arms to compete in the loaded American League East.