Just a week ago, it was reported that if Sonny Gray were to be made available by Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, the Red Sox would be the top suitor for the Vanderbilt product. However, Gray has struggled all season and was even placed on the disabled list to give him some time off and think about his next start(s). On the season, Gray is 3-6 with a 5.54 ERA. While his numbers are terrible, Gray has had multiple Cy Young-worthy seasons in the past, and one has to think his value will never be lower. Gray has been slowly improving, but could he help the Red Sox win a World Series this year? Maybe.
Now, it appears that the Red Sox have shifted their focus to bigger and better things.
According to Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald, Dave Dombrowski has been calling around about high-end starting pitching as of late. Per Silverman, the Red Sox have called the Miami Marlins about Jose Fernandez and the Pittsburgh Pirates' Gerrit Cole. Unfortunately, the teams have asked for Mookie Betts and/or Xander Bogaerts in return, which, understandably, is a price that the Red Sox are not willing to meet.
Silverman also mentioned that the Red Sox were busy in the offseason, calling the New York Mets about Matt Harvey, the Chicago White Sox about Chris Sale, and the aforementioned Sonny Gray.
While it is fun to think about Chris Sale or Gerrit Cole in a Red Sox uniform, it is also wildly unrealistic. Chris Sale is arguably the best pitcher in the American League, and, with a team friendly contract, it appears as if he will be in Chicago for the long haul unless something unforeseen happens. Additionally, the situation surrounding Gerrit Cole is quite similar to that of Chris Sale. However, even if Cole was available, the Pittsburgh Pirates have shown that they are willing to spend on high quality players when they gave Andrew Mccutchen $50+ million in 2011.
But what about Jose Fernandez?
Since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014, Fernandez has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. In 24 games pitched between 2015 and 2016, Fernandez is 15-4 with a 2.72 ERA, while striking out 179 batters in 145.1 innings. Couple that with the fact that Jose Fernandez was rumored with the Red Sox during the Winter Meetings and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is known to make bone-headed moves regarding superstars, the Red Sox have a legitimate shot at getting another top pitcher.
The Red Sox will undoubtedly have to move on from top prospects like Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Anderson Espinoza and maybe even MLB-ready players such as Jackie Bradley Jr./Travis Shaw or Sam Travis/Blake Swihart, but is it worth emptying the farm system for two and a half years of Jose Fernandez? I think so.
Is it likely? Hell no. Is it possible? You bet your ass.