Zack Godley in Boston, deal with Red Sox seems imminent


The Zack Godley era with the Red Sox appears close.

According to a source, the starting pitcher is in Boston, presumably being cleared physically by the Sox in order to finalize a deal with Boston. MassLive was first to report the Red Sox' interest in Godley.

Godley was released by the Tigers earlier this week, leading the Red Sox to show immediate interest in the 30-year-old. The idea would be for the righty to serve as a candidate for the starting rotation, which currently includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, Ryan Weber and most likely Brian Johnson. Eduardo Rodriguez still hasn't been cleared to participate after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Godley, who had signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers, saw his best season come in 2018 when he won 15 games in 32 starts for Arizona, finishing with a 4.74 ERA. He would be released by the Diamondbacks the following season after 27 appearances (9 starts), finishing off 2019 with six relief appearances for the Blue Jays.

The addition of Godley would immediately add competition for the rotation's fourth and fifth spots, with the Red Sox believed to be planning on using an opener for the No. 5 slot. Collin McHugh is also thought to be an option although it doesn't appear the righty -- who is coming off an injured elbow -- will be ready for the beginning of the 60-game regular season.