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CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 20: Steven Matz #22 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training game on March 20, 2021 at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox have an opening for a lefty in the starting rotation after the departure of Eduardo Rodriguez. Fortunately, Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom has plenty of options in free agency.

Obviously, we’ll believe it when we see it as far as Red Sox ownership actually letting Bloom open the wallets in the 2021 offseason. They’ve barely been cracked ajar over the last few years, as the Sox went painfully far to stay under the luxury tax and keep the payroll from getting too outrageous. But, according to Spotrac, they’re now under the luxury tax by $26.75 million, and their payroll is currently at a paltry $145 million. Can we get that closer to $200M, please?

Bloom has found plenty of great value in low-to-mid-level deals in his first two years at the helm, which helped fast-track the Red Sox back to contention in the American League in 2021. It’s time to let him get to spendin’. Add some real impact.

They could do so by signing one of the top left-handed pitchers available in free agency. Currently, they have only one southpaw in the rotation (that would be Chris Sale), and assuming righties Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Pivetta, and Tanner Houck fill out the group, well, you need another lefty. They could add a top-of-the-rotation guy to park behind Sale, but there are also some solid mid-to-late-rotation options if they feel good enough about those righties to step it up in 2022.

It’s possible that if the Red Sox add an impact player, it could actually come out of a loaded shortstop market. But here’s a rundown of the top lefties available as a possible E-Rod replacement…

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