MLB Rumors: Red Sox interested in ex-Blue Jays pitcher Matt Shoemaker

Darren Hartwell
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Report: Red Sox interested in ex-Blue Jays, Angels starter originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Red Sox' search for rotation reinforcements is underway.

The Red Sox are among the teams that have expressed "initial interest" in free-agent right-hander Matt Shoemaker, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Sunday.

Shoemaker began his major league career with a stellar 2014 season for the Los Angeles Angels, posting a 16-4 record and 3.04 ERA to finish second in the American League Rookie of the Year race.

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The 34-year-old spent six seasons in Los Angeles before joining the Blue Jays in 2019, when his season was cut short in April due to a torn ACL.

Shoemaker posted a 4.71 ERA over six starts for Toronto this season and started Game 1 of the team's Wild Card Round series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Shoemaker has battled several injuries in recent years and hasn't started more than 10 games in a season since 2017.

The Red Sox will take pitching help wherever they can get it, though: Their current rotation features just three pitchers with significant major league experience in Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta.