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MLB Rumors: LHP Rich Hill 'has engaged' with Red Sox in free agency

MLB Rumors: LHP Rich Hill 'has engaged' with Red Sox in free agency

Could a Rich Hill-Boston Red Sox reunion be in the works?

The veteran left-handed pitcher is an unrestricted free agent, and despite an elbow injury that could keep him out of commission until June, has received some attention on the market. The Red Sox are one of the teams that have been engaged in discussions with Hill, according to Andy McCullough of The Athletic.

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Hill spent 2010-2012 and 2015 with the Red Sox and has credited that '15 season for the revitalization of his MLB career. He's been a key part of the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation over the past four seasons.

As for why the Red Sox would consider signing a 39-year-old with a lengthy injury history, Hill stated his case.

“I’m definitely not opposed to signing now,” Hill said, per McCullough. “I think that does give the opportunity for the team, to be honest, to benefit from my experience as a whole. You’ve got a guy who comes into spring training as a veteran, and can help younger guys out. But also, come June, you’re going to get a quality starter. And a guy who has plenty of playoff experience.”

Right now, the Red Sox rotation consists of Chris Sale, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Nathan Eovaldi. Sale heads into 2020 with elbow concerns of his own, Price and Eovaldi reportedly are being shopped, and Rick Porcello may sign elsewhere in free agency. So a low-risk option like Hill doesn't seem like the worst idea.

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Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

In his eighth year on the ballot, Curt Schilling again fell short of making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2020 on Tuesday night. Two players got in. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection, and former Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker, who just squeaked in with 76.6 percent of the vote in his final year on the ballot.

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Meanwhile, Schilling earned 70 percent of the vote to finish third in the voting. He finished 20 votes shy of the 75 percent threshold needed to qualify for the Hall.

Two other notable candidates with Red Sox ties, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez, didn't make the cut either. Here are the full results from the voting, per the BBWAA.

Schilling wasn't expecting to get in as a part of the 2020 class. He said as much on Twitter before the announcement while wishing luck to Walker and Jeter in the selection process.

Schilling had previously indicated that he wouldn't have a problem being left out and noted that strong players, like Luis Tiant, never quite made the cut for the Hall of Fame.

Still, Schilling has two years left on the ballot to qualify. And he was up 9.1 percent from his 2019 voting numbers (60.1 percent), so he is certainly trending in the right direction.

Perhaps 2021 will be the year for Schilling.

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox have been busy making trades.

After pulling off two minor trades last week, the Red Sox announced a deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. It's another small move, with the Sox sending right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins to the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash consideration. Lakins was designated for assignment on Friday.

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Left-handed relief pitcher Bobby Poyner also was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, 

Lakins posted an 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA, 18 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.41 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2019.

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