MLB: These three teams should aggressively pursue Tomoyuki Sugano

TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 21: Tomoyuki Sugano #11 of Japan pitches in the top half of fifth inning during the WBSC Premier 12 third place play off match between Japan and Mexico at the Tokyo Dome on November 21, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 21: Tomoyuki Sugano #11 of Japan pitches in the top half of fifth inning during the WBSC Premier 12 third place play off match between Japan and Mexico at the Tokyo Dome on November 21, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images) /
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The Boston Red Sox will be aggressive, but will Tomoyuki Sugano sign with them?

It’s very hard to believe that the Boston Red Sox will finish the 2021 season as a last-place team in the AL East for a second-straight season, meaning Chaim Bloom and staff have some serious work to do if they want to quickly turn things around.

Aggressively going after Tomoyuki Sugano would be a good step in the right direction.

The Red Sox are reportedly expected to be major players for Sugano now that he’s available as they look to improve a rotation that currently consists of Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Pivetta, and Tanner Houck. Eduardo Rodriguez is expected to be ready to go in 2021 but suffered dangerous side-effects after contracting COVID-19 and hasn’t pitched in a year.

With Chris Sale still recovering from Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox need multiple pieces to fill out their rotation and add some much-needed depth to the league’s worst pitching staff.

Boston’s experience in helping Japanese talent transition to Major League Baseball is an asset they can use in the scramble for Sugano, but will he want to pitch for a team that finished near the bottom of the American League with teams like New York, San Diego, and even San Francisco interested?

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It shouldn’t take long before we hear news about the bidding for Sugano, adding a bit more excitement to an offseason that’s been lacking in notable moves up to this point.