MLB Rumors: Red Sox 'in talks' with veteran reliever Hector Rondón

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Report: Red Sox 'in talks' with veteran relief pitcher originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Red Sox appear to be looking to make at least one more addition to their roster before Opening Day.

According to MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo, the Red Sox have engaged in talks with veteran relief pitcher Hector Rondón.

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Rondón became a free agent last week after requesting his release from the Philadelphia Phillies. The 33-year-old signed a minor-league deal with Philly in February and has struggled mightily this spring, allowing seven runs in seven innings pitched.

Last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Rondón posted a 7.65 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 23 appearances (20 innings). That down year was an outlier as the the right-hander amassed a 3.29 ERA in his previous seven seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.

Currently, the projected Red Sox bullpen consists of Matt Barnes, Adam Ottavino, Matt Andriese, Garrett Whitlock, Austin Brice, Darwinzon Hernandez, Hirokazu Sawamura, Josh Taylor, and either Colten Brewer or Phillips Valdez. Ryan Brasier will begin the season on the injured list with a right pinkie fracture.

Per Cotillo, the Red Sox have also shown interest in free-agent relievers Jesse Biddle and Steve Cishek, though Cishek is likely to sign elsewhere.

Boston begins its season April 1 vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.