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Storylines: Boston Red Sox catching wide net for pitching depth

In the wake of several injuries to their pitching staff, the Red Sox are looking to add some starting pitching depth to weather the storm until they can get healthy. That and all the rest of the news and notes from around baseball on Monday...

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- The Boston Red Sox looked to feature one of the deadliest pitching rotations in baseball coming into the 2017 season.  Right now their mighty rotation isn’t quite 100% as ace lefty David Price is still nursing an elbow strain while fellow southpaw Drew Pomeranz is dealing with a triceps strain.  The Red Sox rotation is not looking too fearsome at the moment thus the team is casting a net and searching for pitching depth outside the organization.  The Red Sox do have veteran Kyle Kendricks in camp on a minor-league deal but they are intent on looking for more pitchers like Kendrick.  The current list of free agent pitchers isn’t exactly brimming with sizzling names as that list is headlined by Doug Fister, Colby Lewis, Edwin Jackson and Jerome Williams but the Red Sox aren’t exactly in a position to be picky.  The price for trading for a starter is astronomical after the package they gave up to bring Chris Sale to Boston.  The deal for Sale showed that the Red Sox are pushing their chips all-in and it’s World Series or bust so they must find as much pitching depth as possible to hold things together until their rotation returns to full strength.

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- The Atlanta Braves have released veteran southpaw John Danks per MLBTraderumors.com.  The Braves inked him to a minor league deal back in December but he seemed unlikely to crack the rotation that bolstered a number of veteran pitchers and younger talent. Danks is reportedly willing to sign elsewhere but is not interested in signing another minor league deal.

- The Los Angeles Dodgers are entering the 2017 season with a number of pitching options for their rotation.  Unfortunately, the high number of pitching options leaves youngster Julio Urias as the odd man out per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.  Urias is viewed as one of the Dodgers’ top young talents but due to the overcrowded mix of pitchers competing for a job, the Dodgers feel that he is best served going to the minor where he can continue to develop as a pitcher.

- Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is reportedly set to undergo a CT Scan on his right foot on Friday per Jason Beck of MLB.com.   He injured his foot over the weekend and underwent an MRI.  The Tigers reportedly have the results of the MRI but want a second opinion on his foot before making a final decision on how to handle the recovery process.  The fact they want a second opinion does not seem like encouraging news for Martinez.

- The Chicago White Sox are reportedly engaged in extension talks with shortstop Tim Anderson per Scott Merkin of MLB.com.  The youngster had a strong start in his first season in the majors as he hit .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs.

- San Francisco Giants southpaw Will Smith is headed for an MRI after experiencing elbow pain in his pitching arm in his outing on Monday per Alex Pavlovich of CSN Bay Area.  Smith already had an MRI earlier in the spring and it came back clean but heading for a second MRI in as many weeks is not a good sign for the lefty.  He’s unlikely to be ready for Opening Day which leaves the Giants bullpen a little bit thinner.

- Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has reportedly admitted he may not be ready to go when Opening Day arrives per C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.  The veteran has only played in five Cactus League games in the spring as he continues to work his way back from yet another injury.  The slugging catcher hasn’t been able to play a full season since 2014 due to various ailments.


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