The Red Sox are in on starter Anibal Sanchez, who after Zack Greinke is the consensus second-best starter available on the free-agent market.
The Red Sox are one of several teams, according to a source, who have expressed interest in the 28-year-old right-hander, who has strong links to the Red Sox and general manager Ben Cherington.
Cherington was overseeing international scouting for the Red Sox in 2001 when the club signed Sanchez as an international free agent from Venezuela. And seven years ago, Cherington was co-GM at the GM meetings at this same locale when the Red Sox set in motion a trade that sent the then-minor-league Sanchez, along with shortstop Hanley Ramirez, to the Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell.
The Red Sox are exploring starters on the trade front as well.