Red Sox Rumors: Could the Red Sox Bring Back Rick Porcello?

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Could the Red Sox look to bolster their rotation with a reunion with Rick Porcello?


There have been numerous rumors on many of the starting pitchers who are free agents this offseason. One name that has been relatively quiet on the rumor front has been former Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.  The former 2016 Cy Young Award winner is looking for a new home this offseason and could a Red Sox reunion happen?

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While the rest of the league has been adding to their roster for next season, Red Sox fans have been waiting for the first move to be made.  Could that move be Porcello? 

Chaim Bloom has acted relatively slowly as free agency has unfolded this winter.  The club has only made smaller moves with minor league deals and one trade of swapping prospects with the Rockies.  The Winter Meetings, which are being held virtually, has seen a few moves from teams.  The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox have been the most aggressive. 

The Red Sox are looking to add to their rotation and the free agent market could the way they address their pitching needs.  The market is not exceptionally deep and the Red Sox could look at low cost options like Porcello. 

After five seasons with the Red Sox, Porcello spent last season with the New York Mets, agreeing to a one-year, $10MM deal.  His only season in New York didn't go as planned for both the Mets and Porcello.  He had a disastrous 2020 season, going 1-7 in 12 starts with a 5.64 ERA.  In 59 innings of work, he gave up 74 hits and 41 runs and a 1.508 WHIP, which was the highest of his career. 

Red Sox general manager Brian O'Halloran spoke to reporters on Monday regarding his team's approach to addressing the starting rotation.  “I think there are certainly a number of starting pitching options out there of various stripes and also, of course, there’s also the trade market," said O'Halloran. 

Porcello's name has not been mentioned much as being connected to the Red Sox.  Reports coming out from Red Sox beat reporters has been how aggressive the team has been with free agents pitchers.  The Red Sox saw themselves fall short on signing Charlie Morton, who decided to go to Atlanta and be close to his family and home in Florida. 

The Red Sox could look to Porcello, 31, to help round out the bottom of their rotation, similar to what they expected out of Martin Perez last season.  A return to Boston could help get him back on track in an environment he is familiar with and re-unite him with manager Alex Cora. 

If Porcello was to come back, Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush will need to figure out what went wrong with the veteran righty last season.  Bush and Director of Pro Scouting Gus Quattlebaum could get Porcello back to basics primarily focusing on his sinker ball, the movement of his two-seam fastball.  If the veteran can get his slider and changeup to work within the mix of pitches he offers, he can go back to getting weak contact and get hitters to ground out. 

Porcello is a short term fix for the Red Sox pitching staff that was terrible last season.  They finished the 2020 season ranked 25th in starters with a 5.34 ERA, last in starters with a 1.56 WHIP, and 29th in starter's opponent batting average of .279.  The market has shown starters similar to Porcello have been getting one-year deals, and he could command somewhere between $5-8 million. 

Bloom has been precise and deliberate during his first year running the Red Sox.  Porcello could be a low risk, high reward pickup as he rebuilds the team's rotation.  


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