Report: Red Sox looking to add starting pitcher ahead of trade deadline

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Red Sox need some kind of pitching help before the trade deadline passes, preferably for the bullpen. But a starter would do, at this point.

A new report suggests that Dave Dombrowski is making it known around baseball that he is in the market for rotation help. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweeted on Monday that the Red Sox are "pushing to add a starting pitcher". He added that Dombrowski, as he has done in the past, would act sooner rather than later and the Red Sox are "casting a wide net".

The incredible amount of mediocrity and futility among major league teams should make a lot of good (or just serviceable) pitchers available. Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner has been discussed at the top of the list of trade candidates for months now. But if the Red Sox aren't trying (or even able) to go that big, Dombrowski should be able to find a piece that can help shore up the back end of the rotation. With Nathan Eovaldi likely taking over as the closer when he returns from the injured list, starter help has become the focus for the front office.

Though Dombrowski obviously isn't afraid to trade within the AL East, like he did to get Eovaldi a year ago, it's not likely that Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman would be keen on the idea of pitching in Boston. But perhaps he could check in with the lowly Orioles and see if Andrew Cashner is available.

If he'd rather look toward the National League for starter help, Dombrowski has more options. The Reds' Tanner Roark, the Mets' Zack Wheeler, and the Marlins' José Ureña could be on the Red Sox' radar.

The only certainty as of this writing is that the Red Sox want their interest in a starter to be known throughout the game. Dombrowski has been known to act quickly on his roster interests, so it wouldn't be surprising if the Red Sox come out of the All-Star break with a new pitcher in tow.

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