Red Sox Linked to Big Bullpen Arm in Free Agency

Tyler Maher
The Boston Red Sox have been linked to a big free-agent reliever.
The Boston Red Sox have been linked to a big free-agent reliever. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Boston Red Sox have several needs to address this winter, especially in the bullpen. A big reason for the team's last-place finish in 2022 was the inability to close out games, as the Red Sox were tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the most blown saves in MLB (28).

Boston has already taken steps to fix that issue by acquiring multiple relievers this offseason, and it sounds like the front office may not be done adding to the bullpen.

Red Sox Free Agency Rumors

One player the Red Sox are still pursuing is free-agent reliever Tommy Kahnle, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 33-year-old right-hander has missed extensive time with injuries over the last three seasons, appearing in just 14 games since the beginning of 2020.

Kahnle was effective when healthy, however, posting a 2.84 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP with 14 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings for Los Angeles last year. He has previously pitched for the Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees as well, going 9-9 with a 3.78 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and an 11.1 K/9 across 290 1/3 career innings since debuting in 2014.

Boston has already poached one member of the Dodgers' bullpen after signing reliever Chris Martin to a two-year deal last week, so that could grease the skids for Kahnle to come aboard as well. The veteran righty is reportedly drawing interest from other teams as well, however, so the Red Sox may need to outbid other suitors if they want to acquire him.

Kahnle would be a solid addition to Boston's staff if he's able to stay on the field, especially given his considerable postseason success. He's shined in October throughout his career with a 3.38 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 21 1/3 playoff innings, making him a potentially valuable weapon late in the year if the Red Sox make the playoffs.

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