Red Sox Have Shown Interest in Aaron Sanchez

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It’s no secret the Boston Red Sox need to add more depth to their pitching staff as a whole coming into this season.  With ace Chris Sale our for the season recovering from Tommy John surgery, their rotation is thin.  Prior to Spring Training being cancelled due to the coronavirus epidemic, Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Perez were the only three locks for the rotation heading into the season. 

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Rodriguez has since tested positive for COVID-19 per reports and is trying to be ready for Opening Day, which isn’t a full fledged guarantee.  Eovaldi has looked good in both Spring Training and Sox Summer Camp and will be the de facto ace of the staff.  There’s not a whole lot coming out of camp regarding Perez, which isn’t a bad thing. 

Red Sox fans are slightly uneasy with him based off his numbers the last couple of seasons, including last year where he ended the season with a 5.12 ERA with the Twins.  There is some real optimism with Perez due to the start of the 2019 season.  He started last season on fire for Minnesota, going 6-1 with a 2.17 ERA.  In a shortened season, if Perez can offer the same stats over the course of eight to ten starts, Red Sox fans will be pleasantly surprised with the lefty. 

As we approach the season and more players are testing positive for COVID-19, Chaim Bloom is doing his due diligence in looking at potential free agents and trades to add to his roster.  The Red Sox have shown interest in former Blue Jays and Astros right-handed pitcher Aaron Sanchez this week. 

The 28-year-old has shown signs of dominance in his career, but injuries have also plagued the once highly touted Blue Jays prospect.  Earlier in his career, he flashed signs that he could be a potential front of the rotation starter.  In 2016, he made the AL All-Star team and had a 15-2 record with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Following the 2016 season he’s gone on to a 10-23 record and had shoulder surgery at the tail end of last season. 

Bloom is certainly not opposed to taking chances on pitching, before the shutdown of Spring Training, he signed Collin McHugh who was recovering from elbow surgery.  If healthy, McHugh provides an option as a swingman between the bullpen and the rotation for the Red Sox.  Adding Sanchez won’t cost the Red Sox a lot from a money standpoint; a minor league deal should get the job done.  If Bloom elects to sign Sanchez and bring him into Sox Summer Camp, he’ll have another arm for this shortened season in what feels like could be a revolving door of pitchers in 2020. 


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