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MLB rumors: Red Sox aiming to add starting pitcher via trade sooner than later

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MLB rumors: Red Sox aiming to add starting pitcher via trade sooner than later

The Boston Red Sox need to upgrade their starting pitching, and they are hoping to address this area in the near future.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Monday an update on Boston's search for another starter before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline:

The Red Sox enter the All-Star break nine games behind the rival New York Yankees for first place in the American League East and two games behind the second wild-card playoff spot in the AL.

Starting pitching surprisingly has been a weakness for the defending World Series champs as a result of Chris Sale and Rick Porcello both struggling through the first half of the season. 

Boston's starters rank eighth of 15 AL teams with a 4.70 ERA as a group. Another quality starter would not only give the team much-needed depth, but also lessen the workload of the bullpen. The Sox 'pen has pitched a ton of innings this season and the results have not been very good (4.44 bullpen ERA and a league-high 18 blown saves).

Who could the Red Sox target on the trade market? Here's a list of notable trade candidates among starting pitchers.

Madison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants
Marcus Stroman, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Mike Minor, LHP, Texas Rangers
Matthew Boyd, LHP, Detroit Tigers
Tanner Roark, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Jordan Lyles, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Potential Red Sox trade targets from MLB's worst rosters>>>

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An Opening Day start for Red Sox' Chris Sale: 'I think I'm going to be ready'

An Opening Day start for Red Sox' Chris Sale: 'I think I'm going to be ready'

Already coming off a season cut short by an elbow injury that shut him down last August, Chris Sale's spring training got off to a slow start as he recovered from a bout with pneumonia just as pitchers and catchers reported to Red Sox camp in Fort Myers. 

He says he's progressing after the illness led to him dropping a few pounds from his already thin frame (6-foot-6, 180). He'll throw a side session Sunday and told reporters on Saturday that he thinks he'll be ready for Opening Day March 26.

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"I think I’m going to be ready for [the opener]. But like I said, those aren’t my calls to make. I go out there, do my job, tell them how I feel on a daily basis," Sale said. "Obviously as the workload picks up, we have to see how things work out. I’ve just got to be open and honest with them and then we map out a plan and see how it works out."

In a Friday interview on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" show, Sale said having his season end early last summer and going through a rehab process to avoid Tommy John surgery has him raring to go into 2020 despite questions about his stamina.

"I feel like I'm better now than I was then because of going through that [injury and rehab]."

Sale hasn't reached 200 innings pitched since 2017. He went 6-11 in 25 starts (147.1 IP) in what he called "a nightmare season" in 2019 after his and all the starters' workloads were limited in spring training and he struggled with his velocity at times before the injury was diagnosed.

"I feel really good," he told WEEI. "I can sit here and tell you what I want to do, what I think I'm going to do, but I've just got to go do it. I live here in town and put in a lot of work. I was here four to five times a week. It's exciting. For me, this really started last September October when that rehab process began.

"I gotta get back to the basics. Not really worry about fading, the injuries. This is sports. Injuries can happen overnight...I'm not worried about what my track record is or what people are thinking of me."

Jerry Narron hired as Red Sox bench coach

Jerry Narron hired as Red Sox bench coach

Ron Roenicke officially has his bench coach for 2020.

The Boston Red Sox manager announced after Saturday's spring training win over the Tampa Bay Rays that Jerry Narron will take over the role.


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If Narron's name sounds familiar, that's likely because he served as Red Sox bench coach during the 2003 season when Grady Little was manager.

The 64-year-old went on to assume the same role with the Cincinnati Reds in 2004–05, then served as the Reds' interim manager from June 2005 to July 2007.

Since then, Narron has had multiple jobs including stints as bench coach of the Milwaukee Brewers (2011-15) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2017-19). He was Roenicke's bench coach in Milwaukee.

Boston's bench coach position opened up once Roenicke was promoted to interim manager earlier this month. Roenicke replaced Alex Cora, who parted ways with the Red Sox after his name was mentioned in MLB's report on the Houston Astros sign-stealing investigation.