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Report: Sox among several potential suitors for this free agent starter

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The Boston Red Sox are in dire need of starting pitching, so it would make sense for chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom to make a real run at signing free agent Jake Odorizzi.

Odorizzi is coming off an injury-plagued 2020 season during which he made four starts for the Minnesota Twins. His last full season came in 2019 when he posted a 15-7 record, a 3.51 ERA, 178 strikeouts and 53 walks over 159 innings.

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The 30-year-old right-hander is ranked No. 7 on our list of the top starting pitchers of 2020 MLB free agency. If the Red Sox don't land one of the top starters on the market, such as Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber, Odorizzi would be a good second-tier target.

And according to former MLB general manager Jim Duquette, the Red Sox are one of several teams with interest in Odorizzi.

A multi-year deal for Odorizzi wouldn't be a bad play for the Red Sox. 

Red Sox starters tallied the third-worst ERA (5.34), the second-fewest innings pitched (246), the third-most walks (113), the second-fewest strikeouts (229) and the highest batting average against (.279) last season. 

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With Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez still working their way back after missing all of the 2020 season, the Red Sox must acquire a reliable starter for the front of the rotation. Right now, it's Nathan Eovaldi and that's pretty much it. 

Odorizzi would be an excellent addition to the Red Sox, and he's plenty familiar with the American League East after spending five seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.