The Boston Red Sox desperately need to improve their pitching staff this offseason.
The Red Sox have been very open about targeting frontline pitching this offseason, but one star was apparently not high on their list.
“Though the Red Sox have made no secret across the industry of their desire to significantly upgrade their rotation, according to major league sources, they weren’t meaningfully involved in bidding for the innings-eating righthander.” The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier wrote Saturday.
Nola had a 4.46 ERA with a 202-to-45 strikeout-to-walk ratio, a .240 batting average against and a 1.15 WHIP in 193 2/3 innings pitched across 32 games last season.
Though this may bring flashbacks to previous chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and his reluctance to make a high offer to a star-free agent during his tenure with the team, it’s too early to make those assumptions about Bloom’s successor Craig Breslow.
Whether Breslow has other plans in store for bolstering the pitching staff or inadequately judged the market price for Nola will surely soon come to light. The former is much more likely than the latter.
Nola would have been a stellar candidate to aid Boston’s pitching, but there are still plenty of arms available.