One path to getting starting pitching reinforcements has been shut off.
According to multiple reports, free agent lefty Cole Hamels has agreed to a contract with the Dodgers. He will report to the team's spring training facility to continue his road back from a shoulder injury.
The Red Sox were one of the teams who attended Hamels' showcase last month, with the 37-year-old showing solid results considering he pitched just 3 1/3 innings in 2020 after signing a one-year, $18 million deal with the Braves.
While Hamels certainly isn't available to immediately help a major league team, there is a very real scenario where the veteran is ready to contribute at the end of this month or in early September.
The Red Sox starting pitching should be getting some help soon with the addition of Chris Sale, who is slated to make his final rehab appearance Saturday. Tanner Houck also figures to be in the mix when it comes to fortifying a rotation that has managed just one outing of five innings or more in the last eight games.
For more on Hamels' history with the Red Sox, click here.