Boston Red Sox

Jul 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

With Andrew Cashner officially in the picture after the Red Sox acquired the veteran righty from the Orioles last weekend, the Red Sox are reportedly out on Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

From SNY’s Andy Martino:

According to major league sources, Boston is out on Wheeler now. With Cashner on board, the Sox expect to now look for bullpen help.

The Red Sox reportedly began their discussions for the right-handed Wheeler last week, and while they weren’t allowed in their pursuit of the 29-year-old (the AL East-leading Yankees were also believed to be in the mix), there seemed to be some belief that the Sox had an inside edge due to some ex-Boston connections in the New York front office.

But Dave Dombrowski instead set his sights on the aforementioned Cashner, who will serve as the team’s No. 5 starter behind Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez down the stretch.

(The Red Sox may not be the only team out on Wheeler, actually, as the Mets have placed the righty on the injured list with shoulder fatigue, by all means sinking his trade value with just over two weeks until the league’s non-waiver trade deadline.)

So it’s off to the market for some sorely-needed bullpen help for Dombrowski and Co., with the Red Sox beginning the week with 18 blown saves (second-most in the majors) and with the Boston bullpen having thrown the eighth-most innings to date.