Red Sox

Report: Red Sox interested in ex-Blue Jays, Angels starter

Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox' search for rotation reinforcements is underway.

The Red Sox are among the teams that have expressed "initial interest" in free-agent right-hander Matt Shoemaker, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Sunday.

Shoemaker began his major league career with a stellar 2014 season for the Los Angeles Angels, posting a 16-4 record and 3.04 ERA to finish second in the American League Rookie of the Year race.

Top 10 free-agent pitchers of the 2020-21 offseason

The 34-year-old spent six seasons in Los Angeles before joining the Blue Jays in 2019, when his season was cut short in April due to a torn ACL.

Shoemaker posted a 4.71 ERA over six starts for Toronto this season and started Game 1 of the team's Wild Card Round series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Shoemaker has battled several injuries in recent years and hasn't started more than 10 games in a season since 2017.

The Red Sox will take pitching help wherever they can get it, though: Their current rotation features just three pitchers with significant major league experience in Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta.