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MLB rumors: Mets interested in Red Sox free agent pitcher Rick Porcello

MLB rumors: Mets interested in Red Sox free agent pitcher Rick Porcello

The New York Mets reportedly have lost free agent Zack Wheeler to the rival Philadelphia Phillies, and they might look to a Boston Red Sox starter to replace him.

SNY's Matthew Cerrone reported Wednesday, "There is mutual interest between the Mets and free-agent Rick Porcello, according to insiders aware of his offseason goals. This is good news because he's a perfect fit for the Mets." Cerrone also writes, "Porcello is seeking a multiyear deal."

Porcello is a free agent after his four-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox expired after this past season, and with the Red Sox looking to shed payroll, the veteran pitcher could land with a new team before the 2020 campaign. He has spent five seasons with the Red Sox, posting a 73-55 record, a 4.43 ERA, 852 strikeouts and 221 walks. He won the 2016 American League Cy Young Award and played a key role on Boston's 2018 World Series-winning roster.

Porcello's performance has been up-and-down throughout his career. When he's on top of his game, he's capable of pitching at a Cy Young Award level. The flip side is Porcello also has shown to be average at best many times in his career, evidenced by his six seasons with a 4.50-plus ERA.

The consistent theme with Porcello is his durability. He's averaged more than 30 starts per season in 11 years as a Major League starter. He would give the Mets, or any other team, a dependable starter who takes the every fifth day. It's why replacing him won't be easy for the Red Sox if he departs in free agency.

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MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

Brock Holt still doesn't have a team, but he's garnering attention in free agency with spring training less than one month away.

The Cincinnati Reds are one of the teams interested in signing the former Boston Red Sox utilityman, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

While Holt wouldn't be an everyday player, he'd be a valuable presence off the bench. The 31-year-old is a career .271 hitter and capable of playing virtually any position. In 2019, Holt played everywhere except pitcher, catcher, and center field.

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In addition to his versatility, Holt proved throughout his Red Sox tenure to be a fan favorite and beloved teammate. The 2015 All-Star undoubtedly would be a welcome addition to the Reds clubhouse.

Boston recently signed ex-Reds utilityman Jose Peraza, presumably Holt's replacement, to a one-year deal worth about $3 million.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

The Boston Red Sox need a new manager with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in less than a month, and one potential candidate is Hensley Meulens.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported late Sunday night that Boston has shown interest in New York Mets bench coach Hensley Meulens.


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Meulens is a really good option for the Red Sox. Before joining the Mets in November, he spent the last decade with the San Francisco Giants as a hitting coach and bench coach, helping the National League club win World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He also managed the Netherlands at the 2013 World Baseball Classic and speaks several languages. Meulens was a candidate for the New York Yankees' manager job in 2017.

The Mets also need a new manager after parting ways with Carlos Beltran last week, and they would be smart to promote Meulens instead of letting him leave for Boston.

The Red Sox parted ways with manager Alex Cora last week after Major League Baseball named him 11 times in a nine-page report detailing the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation used over the last few years. Cora was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 before joining the Red Sox as their manager for 2018. The MLB report concluded Cora played a key role in creating and implementing Houston's sign-stealing system. The 2018 Red Sox currently are being investigated by the league.

The sign-stealing scandal has resulted in three managers -- Cora, Beltran and Houston's A.J. Hinch -- losing their jobs, and none of these positions have been filled yet.

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