July 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
In dire need of starting pitching, the Boston Red Sox will be looking to acquire a pitcher that could be an integral part of their starting rotation. According to Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston, the team has most recently expressed interest in a pair of right-handed starters on the Miami Marlins: Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez.
"The Red Sox most recently have expressed interest in Miami Marlins pitchers Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez, according to a league source."
McDonald also writes the team's interest in Chicago Cubs' Matt Garza has cooled recently because of the potential Garza is hurt. Boston already has far too many injuries within their own team to worry about.
"The Red Sox also were eying Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza. But Boston's interest has decreased since the right-hander was removed from his start on Saturday with an arm strain, because the Red Sox don't want to take a gamble if Garza is injured, the source said."
Johnson signed a four-year, $39M extension back in January of 2010. He's set to become a free-agent at the end of next season, but will first be due $13.75M in 2013. On the other hand, Sanchez is set to become a free-agent at this year's end. He'd also be more likely to be traded as well as cheaper to acquire.