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MLB Rumors: Red Sox, starting pitcher Zack Godley close to agreement

MLB Rumors: Red Sox, starting pitcher Zack Godley close to agreement

Reinforcements reportedly are on the way for the Boston Red Sox' pitching staff.

The Red Sox are "closing in" on an agreement with free-agent starting pitcher Zack Godley, MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo reported Tuesday. The deal isn't finalized but is "likely" to be completed in the coming days, per Cotillo.

The 30-year-old right-hander finished the 2019 season with the Toronto Blue Jays after spending his first four-plus major league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Godley struggled in 2019 with a 4-5 record and 5.97 ERA over 92 innings but had stints of effectiveness in Arizona, including a 15-win season in 2018.

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Effectiveness aside, Godley would give the Red Sox a desperately-needed warm body in their rotation.

Boston's lack of pitching depth was reinforced Wednesday morning as the team placed projected Opening Day starter Eduardo Rodriguez, potential starter Darwinzon Hernandez and reliever Josh Taylor on the injured list. All three pitchers recently tested positive for COVID-19.

With Chris Sale out for the 2020 season due to an elbow injury, the Red Sox only have three healthy starters in Nathan Eovaldi, newcomer Martin Perez and Brian Johnson, with Ryan Weber a potential opener option.

Red Sox vs. Rays Highlights: Alex Verdugo, Michael Chavis help Sox end losing skid

Red Sox vs. Rays Highlights: Alex Verdugo, Michael Chavis help Sox end losing skid

FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 5, Tampa Bay Rays 0

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox got a much-needed impressive outing from left-hander Martin Perez, who didn't allow a run in his five innings of work. Alex Verdugo notched a two-run shot for his first Red Sox homer, and Michael Chavis had a three-hit night that included a three-run bomb in the sixth inning.

Boston's victory ends its four-game losing streak.

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BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 4-8

HIGHLIGHTS

Verdugo's first Red Sox homer

Chavis extends lead with three-run shot

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WATCH: Alex Verdugo notches first home run with Red Sox

WATCH: Alex Verdugo notches first home run with Red Sox

Alex Verdugo tallied his first home run with the Boston Red Sox during Wednesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Verdugo's homer was a two-run shot in the fourth inning off of Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough that gave Boston the lead.

Watch below:


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Verdugo was, of course, acquired in the blockbuster trade that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 24-year-old hit .294 with 12 homers in 106 games with L.A. last year.

With home run No. 1 out of the way, Red Sox fans will hope to see many more where that came from during Verdugo's tenure in Boston.