Red Sox ‘pushing’ to land starting pitcher ahead of trade deadline, per report

By Jesse Reed
Kiel Maddox-USA TODAY Sports

As the Boston Red Sox struggle to remain in contention for a postseason berth, they are reportedly looking to add a starting pitcher ahead of the trade deadline.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Red Sox are “pushing to add a starter.” He also notes they “would prefer to act sooner rather than later” and are casting a “wide net.”

Boston has struggled with starting pitching all season long and currently ranks 16th in quality starts.

The big name everyone talks about as far as starting pitchers who could be moved is Madison Bumgarner, and he reportedly would like to play for the Red Sox if he is traded. However, he recently suffered an elbow contusion, so perhaps Boston will be looking elsewhere.

The Red Sox are currently nine games behind New York in the American League East and are well outside wild-card contention. So, if they are going to make a late push to the playoffs, they’ll need to make a big splash.

The MLB trade deadline this year is July 31.