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McAdam: Red Sox open to all ideas – including a potential six-man rotation

For the time being, the Red Sox aren't positioned to piece together a five-man rotation, so the suggestion that they might employ one with six starters seems, at best, far-fetched.

But in the wake of Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais announcing his team would utilize a six-man rotation in 2021, Alex Cora said all and any scenarios are under consideration.

The idea has some merit for the Sox, assuming that they can either acquire additional established starters or have full faith in some untested options.

Eduardo Rodriguez will be coming off a season in which he didn't throw a single inning, sidelined first by COVID-19, and then, myocarditis as a side effect. Chris Sale is still recovering from Tommy John surgery and likely won't be ready until June 1 or thereabouts. Two other potential candidates -- Tanner Houck and Nick Pivetta -- combined for a total of 32.2 innings at the major league level and while they both pitched at the team's alternate training site in Pawtucket, that work wasn't nearly as stressful as it might have been, had they competed in actual minor league games.

Only Nathan Eovaldi had what might be termed a typical season -- and even that was cut short by a three-week stay on the Injured List, and of course, the fact that MLB conducted an abbreviated 60-game season, representing just 37 percent of a standard 162-game season.

Asking this group to go from greatly reduced -- or non-existent workloads -- to 30 or so starts and 180 or more innings, then, would seem a recipe for disaster. So the Sox are open to getting creative.