Texas Rangers: Four best fits for Kyle Gibson in a trade

Jun 15, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Boston Red Sox

I love the fit on the Boston Red Sox, although Gibson coming aboard will force the Sox to do some shifting of their rotation. Chris Sale is due back soon and everybody else in the rotation has had their fair share of ups and downs this season.

The trio of Garrett Richards, Nick Pivetta, and Martin Perez have all found more success on the road than at home this season, and Nathan Eovaldi has always been an under-the-radar late bullpen candidate to shut games down ever since 2018. If a move is indeed made to bring Gibson on, I suggest moving Eovaldi into a high-leverage role as we come closer to postseason play, and then also move Richards into the pen since he had experience doing so last season in San Diego.

The Red Sox this year love to strike guys out being that they’re top 10 in that category. But a contact pitcher who can work through an order quicker and preserve the bullpen may be exactly what this team needs moving forward if they want to grab another world title.

Gibson’s stuff is very similar to that of one Rick Porcello, leaning primarily on the offset fastball to get contact outs, so a move to Gibson could possibly reunite them with a familiar style of pitching they do not currently have anymore.