Sure, the Red Sox didn’t land Shohei Ohtani.

But that doesn’t mean Boston can’t still make a significant splash this Major League Baseball offseason.

Now that Ohtani decided to join the Los Angeles Dodgers on a reported 10-year, $700 million contract, all eyes are on the remaining free agents, a few of whom make sense for the pitching-hungry Red Sox.

ESPN’s David Schoenfield on Monday examined the MLB free agent market, pointing out “best bets” and predicting landing spots for some of the biggest names still available.

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Schoenfield included the Red Sox among his “best bets” for pitchers Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise given Boston’s need for rotation help. Nor does it guarantee the Red Sox will push aggressively for any of the aforementioned arms. But it nevertheless provides a good snapshot of how the club could approach its quest to add starting pitching.

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The dilemma? The market for all three pitchers could be robust, especially now that Ohtani is unattainable. Yamamoto, for instance, might land a contract well north of $200 million in free agency. Are the Red Sox prepared to go that high for a pitcher with zero MLB experience?

If not, the Red Sox could shift their focus to Snell and/or Montgomery, who are entering their age-31 seasons and therefore might come slightly cheaper than Yamamoto, a 25-year-old phenom who pitched like an ace in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. Signing either still would be a sizable financial investment, though, and the competition in free agency figures to be fierce.

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All told, Schoenfield predicted the New York Mets will sign Yamamoto. And he projected Snell and Montgomery will sign with the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees, respectively.

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