Red Sox

McAdam: Red Sox again prioritize rotation over bullpen

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Last winter, the Red Sox chose to spend their energy and resources on upgrading their starting rotation rather than their bullpen.

Now, at 2019 All-Star break, they're apparently doing it again.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Sox are "pushing to add a starting pitcher'' and would "prefer to act sooner rather than later.''

Joel Sherman of the New York Post, meanwhile, reported that the Sox are one of several teams having discussions with the New York Mets about Zach Wheeler.

There's little doubt that the Sox could stand some improvement with rotation, which is ranked seventh in the A.L. with a 4.70 ERA. Moreover, the Sox have gotten quality starts in just over a third of their games (33-of-90), a total that has them ninth in the league.

But the case could be made that the Sox are more desperate for help in the bullpen rather than the rotation.