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MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams pursuing RHP Zack Godley

MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams pursuing RHP Zack Godley

The Boston Red Sox have a glaring weakness heading into the abbreviated 2020 MLB season.

Their pitching rotation suddenly became one of the thinnest staffs in the league when Chris Sale underwent Tommy John surgery and David Price was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Those losses left Boston with Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Martin Perez as the presumptive 1-3 starters with question marks in the No. 4 and 5 slots.

Not ideal.

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Manager Ron Roenicke shared his tentative plans for the starting rotation Sunday and noted he believes the front office will look into adding another quality arm. According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, they may have their eyes on right-hander Zack Godley.

"There are multiple teams interested in Godley, according to a source, but the Red Sox are believed to have a chance to sign him," Cotillo wrote Monday.

Godley, 30, spent four-plus seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, posting a 36-30 record and 4.70 ERA. His most productive season came in 2017, when he went 8-9 with a respectable 3.37 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 25 starts.

In 2019, Godley was designated for assignment by Arizona and had a brief stint with the Toronto Blue Jays. He signed a minor-league deal with the Detroit Tigers during the offseason, but was released on Monday.

Needless to say, adding Godley won't solve all of the Red Sox' issues. It would, however, give them another pitcher capable of filling a spot in the rotation when necessary.

Would it be the sexiest move? Nope. But Boston needs all the help it can get in the pitching department, so bringing in an experienced arm on the cheap couldn't hurt.

The Red Sox will begin their 60-game campaign July 24 vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Alex Verdugo made best play of his young Boston Red Sox career Friday night, and he was well aware of it.

With the Red Sox leading the Blue Jays by two runs in the ninth inning, Verdugo leaped in front of the right field bullpen at Fenway Park to rob Toronto's Travis Shaw of a home run.

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The play was impressive in its own right, but the 24-year-old outfielder punctuated it with a great reaction.

Verdugo's scream of celebration was audible on the game broadcast (even above the fake crowd noise), a sign of just how fired up he was about the catch.

"I would say I’ve never screamed like that before,” Verdugo said after Boston's 5-3 win, via the Associated Press. “I used to be a pitcher back in the day. I was pretty hyped up."

Verdugo had two other reasons to be hyped up: He also blasted a pair of solo home runs, giving him three on the young season and earning a spot alongside legendary left-handed slugger Mo Vaughn.

The Red Sox aren't expected to make much noise this season, but it appears the former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder will do his best to raise the decibel level.

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo homered twice and Mitch Moreland added one of his own in the Red Sox' win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. The Red Sox capitalized on a woeful outing from Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark, who walked five batters and allowed four runs in three innings pitched.

Sox starter Ryan Weber allowed two runs in three innings, then the bullpen put together an admirable effort to preserve the lead.

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BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 5-8

HIGHLIGHTS

Well, that escalated quickly

Verdugo's first Fenway homer

Moreland's two-run shot

Vlad Jr. brings Jays within one

Homer No. 2 for Verdugo...

...and then he robs one!

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