Tampa Bay Rays "Tried Hard" to Acquire Nick Pivetta Before the Red Sox


The Red Sox have made some significant moves to change the look of their roster in the last six months.  One of those moves was made leading up to the trade deadline last season.  Boston traded closer Brandon Workman and reliever Heath Hembree to the Phillies for right-handers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold.

Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe

In an article released by Peter Gammons on The Athletic website today, the Rays "tried real hard" to beat out Chaim Bloom for Pivetta.  The reigning American League champions view Pivetta as another Tyler Glasnow.

Gammons wrote, “Philadelphia organizational people think he (Pivetta) simply needs a change, the Rays tried hard to beat Bloom to him; ‘we think he can be another (Tyler) Glasnow,’ said a Rays official.”

Glasnow has made 23 starts over the last two seasons, he has a record of 11-2, a 2.90 ERA, but hasn't made more than 13 starts in his career.  The other numbers are impressive and if Pivetta could replicate them, Boston would certainly welcome that production to their rotation. 

Pivetta impressed towards the end of last season for the Red Sox.  After spending August and the majority of September at the training site, he won his two starts of the season.  The 27-year-old right-hander struck out 13 batters over 10 innings with a 1.80 ERA. 

After five up-and-down seasons with the Phillies, Pivetta was excited for a fresh start with Boston. 

“I’m very grateful for my time in Philadelphia and all the lessons that it has taught me and all the relationships I have.  I’m very grateful for that but I’m also grateful for this opportunity to be a starter.  They obviously had some guys who were ahead of me and that’s what they had their eyes set on.  There was no room for me to be a starter there at this time, or, it seemed like, moving forward.  To be with an organization that values me as a starter, I’m just super grateful for that opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it," said Pivetta back in September.

The Red Sox feel Pivetta can be an impact arm in their rotation.  He is currently out of options so he is expected to start the season in the rotation.  His arsenal of pitches was appealing to the Red Sox prior to the trade with the Phillies.  Bloom is looking for options to rebuild his rotation similar to what he was part of in Tampa Bay.  Boston thinks Pivetta's mid-90's fastball and curveball is enough to get meaningful outs in their rotation. 

Boston is starting to add Major League depth for their rotation and Pivetta will get the opportunity to showcase what he can truly become with the Red Sox.  The sample size for Pivetta is small given he has only two starts as a member of the Red Sox.  With Spring Training rapidly approaching, only time will tell if the Red Sox found a diamond in the rough with Pivetta. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Tampa Bay Rays "Tried Hard" to Acquire Nick Pivetta Before the Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays "Tried Hard" to Acquire Nick Pivetta Before the Red Sox
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