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Report: Red Sox have inquired on Jose Fernandez and Gerrit Cole

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MIAMI, FL - MAY 21: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins pitches during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on May 21, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

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Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox have inquired on high end starting pitching, including Jose Fernandez of the Marlins and Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. Teams have continued to ask the Red Sox to part with outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts, something which the club has been understandably unwilling to do.

Over the offseason, Silverman notes that the Red Sox asked the White Sox about Chris Sale, the Mets about Matt Harvey, and the Athletics about Sonny Gray.

The Red Sox won on Sunday afternoon, improving to 39-29. They’re a game behind the Orioles for first place in the AL East. Though Steven Wright could potentially start the All-Star Game for the American League next month, the rest of the rotation has been underwhelming. David Price has a 4.52 ERA, Clay Buchholz 5.86, and the combination of Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez, Henry Owens, Sean O’Sullivan, and Roenis Elias have an aggregate 7.96 ERA over 16 starts. Adding an impact starter would go a long way towards helping the Red Sox keep pace in the division.

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