Red Sox focus on reeling in pitching, not Francisco Lindor


Francisco Lindor is available. Alex Cora has a great relationship with the Indians' shortstop. The Red Sox will be on the lookout for their next foundational superstar.

Dare to dream. At the moment, Chaim Bloom reportedly has other priorities.

Lindor is in the last year of his contract with Cleveland, which is reportedly exploring trading the 26-year-old this offseason.

It is understandable that the Red Sox would want to prioritize pitching considering both the performance of their staff in 2020 and some of the uncertainty heading into 2021 (the health of Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez and the consistent performance of Nathan Eovaldi, Tanner Houck and Nick Pivetta).

Still, Lindor -- who played for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic when Cora served as the club's general manager -- is an interesting potential future piece. While some positional juggling would need to take place in the short-term, it's important to keep in mind Xander Bogaerts possesses an opt-out after the 2022 season.

As for how aggressive the Red Sox will be in acquiring pitching, we do know that they have already reached out to free agent righty Matt Shoemaker.

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