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Report: Red Sox have inquired on Jose Fernandez and Gerrit Cole

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Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox have inquired on high end starting pitching, including Jose Fernandez of the Marlins and Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. Teams have continued to ask the Red Sox to part with outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts, something which the club has been understandably unwilling to do.

Over the offseason, Silverman notes that the Red Sox asked the White Sox about Chris Sale, the Mets about Matt Harvey, and the Athletics about Sonny Gray.

The Red Sox won on Sunday afternoon, improving to 39-29. They’re a game behind the Orioles for first place in the AL East. Though Steven Wright could potentially start the All-Star Game for the American League next month, the rest of the rotation has been underwhelming. David Price has a 4.52 ERA, Clay Buchholz 5.86, and the combination of Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez, Henry Owens, Sean O’Sullivan, and Roenis Elias have an aggregate 7.96 ERA over 16 starts. Adding an impact starter would go a long way towards helping the Red Sox keep pace in the division.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”