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.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract Friday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons – the past two shortened by injuries.

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 outings. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.

“We are thrilled that Jacob deGrom has decided to become a Texas Ranger,” executive vice president and general manager Chris Young said in a statement. “Over a number of seasons, Jacob has been a standout major league pitcher, and he gives us a dominant performer at the top of our rotation. One of our primary goals this offseason is to strengthen our starting pitching, and we are adding one of the best.”

Texas went 68-94 last season and then hired Bruce Bochy as its new manager. The Rangers’ six straight losing seasons are their worst skid since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.

The Rangers were big spenders in free agency last offseason, signing Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years).