Red Sox rumors: Boston ‘highly unlikely’ to land Kyle Lohse

The Boston Red Sox have been one of the many teams tied to free agent Kyle Lohse, but it’s “highly unlikely” the right-hander reaches an agreement with the team, according to Rob Bradford of

According to a major league source, however, it is “highly unlikely” the Red Sox will be locking up the top free agent pitcher still on the market.

Bradford notes that the Red Sox did have some interest in Lohse earlier this offseason, but that was before the club signed Ryan Dempster. While Lohse’s strike-throwing abilities are a skill set Boston covets, the Red Sox remain hesitant to surrender a first-round draft pick in order to sign the veteran.

The Red Sox current crop of starters, including Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Felix Doubront, Franklin Morales and Dempster, along with their young arms, such as Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Matt Barnes and Henry Owens, make Lohse more of a luxury than a necessity at this point.

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