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Red Sox News & Links: Sox Reportedly Weren’t All That Interested in Aaron Nola

Plus, time to say goodbye to JBJ

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While Aaron Nola appeared to be an enticing free agent option for a team that has sorely lacked reliable innings from the starting rotation for two years in a row, the Red Sox were not “meaningfully involved” in the bidding. This may mean nothing more than that the Sox got wind of Nola’s intentions early (he clearly wanted to stay in Philadelphia and took less money than was offered by the Braves and Dodgers to do so), but on the other hand, it may tell us something about Craig Breslow’s priorities. (Alex Speier, Boston Globe)

But there is a another, more under-the-radar pitcher they have their eyes on. The Sox were reportedly in the Dominican Republic to attend a private workout for Yariel Rodriguez. Rodriguez is a Cuban national who has been playing professionally in Japan since 2000, and was on Cuba’s World Baseball Classic team this past spring. (Chris Cotillo, MassLive)

Speaking of pitchers we haven’t seen much of, it turns out that Wyatt Mills, who was recently non-tendered by the team after he did not make a single appearance in 2023 and saw his season cut short with Tommy John surgery, will be back with the organization after all. He signed a two-year minor league deal that will allow him to take his time with rehab. (Chris Cotillo, MassLive)

Meanwhile, the pitching staff isn’t the only part of the roster with some holes in it. With Justin Turner having opted for free agency, the Red Sox currently lack a full-time DH. Turner has already outwardly expressed a strong desire to remain in Boston at the right price, but would the Sox be better off keeping the DH spot and rotating players through? (Jen McCaffrey, The Athletic)

And it appears that it’s time to say goodbye to a longtime Red Sox regular and World Series champ. Jackie Bradley, Jr., one of the best defensive outfielders in recent memory, is set to retire. (Gio Rivera, NESN)