The club reportedly has been in talks with a few pitchers on the market, and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom shed light on just how serious those talks have been.
“We don’t have anything teed up that I would say is close but we’re very active in conversations with a few different guys,” Bloom told reporters Monday. “We’ve touched base with a wide variety of players. Just about everybody who is on the market and it’s gotten more serious and more involved with some of them. I don’t know right now if that’s going to lead to anything or when. I think by the time the offseason is over, we will have added pitching of various sorts, including starting pitching. I think that’s something that’s a clear goal of ours. But who that’s going to be or when, I don’t know yet.”
The offseason only has just begun, and a lockout could be looming should Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association be unable to agree on terms for a new collective bargaining agreement, so free agents might be antsy to land a contract before a potential work stoppage.