Red Sox reportedly among teams interested in Steven Matz

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This year’s Red Sox team arguably overachieved, coming within two wins of an AL pennant a year after finishing with MLB’s fourth-worst record. Boston could score runs with the best of ‘em, but its Achilles’ heel was pitching with Houston exposing the Red Sox’s lack of depth in that area.

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With Eduardo Rodriguez headed for free agency and Chris Sale’s health still very much in question after a sluggish postseason, the Red Sox could certainly use another horse in their pitching stable. And while the current labor climate could make that pursuit more difficult—a lockout is looking more likely by the day with MLB and its players union not even close to being on the same page—the Sox have already made their pitch (no pun intended) to left-hander Steven Matz, a seven-year vet who made 29 starts for Toronto this past season.

Matz, who attended this week’s Winter Meetings in Carlsbad, California, has also drawn interest from the Cardinals, Angels and Dodgers, among other prospective suitors. According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the 30-year-old Long Island native could decide on a new team as soon as this month. In the absence of an 11th-hour deal between players and owners, MLB’s current CBA will expire December 1st at 11:59 PM ET.

Matz’s career has been more miss than hit to this point, though he did enjoy some success in 2021, logging a career-best 14 victories—good for second-most in the American League—while compiling a superb 2.91 ERA in the second half (74 1/3 innings). The 6’2” hurler holds a lifetime 5.00 ERA in two starts at Fenway Park with both coming in 2021.

If nothing else, Matz would be a serviceable, back-of-the-rotation arm with a proven track record and some familiarity with the AL East after spending last season with the Blue Jays. The former Mets second-round pick would not be a splash signing by any stretch of the imagination, but remember, people said the same about Kiké Hernandez and Hunter Renfroe last offseason, and those worked out pretty well for Boston.

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