1. Michael Lorenzen
Per Jon Heyman, the Boston Red Sox are still considering the starter market and are a potential landing spot for the 32-year-old.
Lorenzen split last season between the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies, posting a 9-9 record with a 4.18 ERA and 6.5 K/9. Lorenzen's first half in Detroit was far more productive, as he put up a 3.58 ERA and 7.1 K/9 an earned an All-Star nod before being shipped to Philadelphia at the trade deadline.
In his first home start as a Phillie, Lorenzen threw a no-hitter. He recorded 124 pitches in that contest, and that workload may have impacted his 5.51 ERA for the remainder of the season.
In his nine years in the league, Lorenzen is 40-38 with a 4.11 ERA and 7.5 K/9. The former Red and Angel hasn't finished a season with a sub-4 ERA since 2019. The Boston front office is likely hoping that his first-half performance in Detroit last season is more indicative of what Lorenzen could give them in 2024.
Lorenzen has experience both as a starter and out of the bullpen, which would provide Craig Breslow and Alex Cora more flexibility on how to utilize him.
Brayan Bello, Kutter Crawford, Lucas Giolito, and Nick Pivetta appear to be all but solidified on the Opening Day roster. Garrett Whitlock and Tanner Houck have gone back and forth between starting and relieving roles. Whitlock was reportedly told that he would start, while Houck's status is more of question mark.
Essentially, the rotation is not set in stone, so there is room for Lorenzen.
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