After reportedly signing utility man Kiké Hernandez on Friday night, could the next move for the Boston Red Sox be an addition to the pitching staff?
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Red Sox are in "active discussions" with veteran right-hander Garrett Richards.
MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo adds that talks with Richards have gained "significant momentum."
Richards spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Angels and the last two years with the San Diego Padres. Red Sox fans may remember the 32-year-old by the devastating knee injury he suffered at Fenway Park back in 2014. Richards also underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018.
In 2020, Richards went 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA in 51.1 innings pitched. His best season came in 2014, when he finished with a 13-4 record and 2.61 ERA.
Currently, the Red Sox rotation consists of Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, Nick Pivetta, and Tanner Houck. Newly-acquired Matt Andriese is also a candidate to start in 2021. Ace Chris Sale is still recovering from Tommy John surgery.