An offseason trend continued Friday night with the news that the Red Sox missed out on Japanese free-agent starter Kohei Arihara.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Arihara was in agreement on a two-year deal with the Texas Rangers, reportedly one of three finalists for the pitcher. The Red Sox and San Diego Padres were said to be the other two.
It marked the third time in the last month that the Red Sox managed to be involved down to the end on a free pitcher, only to ultimately lose out. Earlier, the Sox had gone dollar-for-dollar with the Atlanta Braves for the services of veteran right-hander Charlie Morton before Morton chose Atlanta on a one-year, $15 million deal, in part because of geography and proximity to his Florida home.
More recently, the Sox were also finalists for free agent reliever Tommy Kahnle, who signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week. Kahnle is coming off Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss all of 2021, but the Dodgers -- like the Red Sox -- were willing to consider a two-year backloaded deal in order to have Kahnle for 2022.
And now, the Sox have swung and missed on Arihara.