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Red Sox News & Links: Sox Reportedly Going After Jorge Soler

Plus, are they still in on Shota Imanaga?

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Yet another reputed Red Sox target is off the board, after Teoscar Hernandez and his sorely needed right-handed power signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. But, according to sources, the team has pivoted and is now “aggressively” pursuing former World Series MVP Jorge Soler. Soler’s pull-side power would play very well in Fenway Park and he’s much better at getting on base than Hernandez, so he may be a better offensive fit for the team, anyway. What the Sox would lose in moving from Hernandez to Soler is defensive value, as Soler, like a few other players already on the Red Sox roster, is best suited to be a DH. (Scott Neville, Sports Illustrated)

With the outfield crowded enough as it is, a Soler signing would likely necessitate a trade to free up roster space (even without signing Soler, a trade might still be necessary and strategically advantageous). And while it doesn’t appear that the Sox are actively shopping Masataka Yoshida, they are reportedly listening to offers for the Japanese left fielder. (Jen McCaffrey and Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic)

As for the ongoing pursuit of pitching, sources recently have described the Sox as still engaged on free agents Jordan Montgomery, Blake Snell, and Shota Imanaga, however there is an increasing sense that they are not among the favorites to sign any of them. (Alex Speier, Boston Globe)

They have been recently connected to free agent Marcus Stroman, however, (Mark Feinsand, MLB.com)

As for pitchers of Red Sox past, Chris Sale spoke to the media following his trade to the Atlanta Braves and acknowledged that he “didn’t hold up [his] end of the bargain” in Boston, but also says he had the best days of his life here. (Julian McWilliams, Boston Globe)

The player on the other side of the Chris Sale trade, infielder Vaughn Grissom, spoke to the media as well, and he seems genuinely excited to get going with the Sox. (Christopher Smith, MassLive)

Meanwhile, there isn’t just uncertainty about personnel on the field, but there are some questions about who will be calling Red Sox games on the radio, too. WEEI recently posted a job opening for a play-by-play announcer, amidst rumors that incumbent Will Flemming was only offered a one-year contract by the financially struggling radio station. (Chad Finn, Boston Globe)