Red Sox Interested in Chuck Finley

Posted Jun 12, 2003

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With Casey Fossum on the DL and Pedro Martinez slowly working his way back (three innings on Wednesday night), the Red Sox have begun to seek help outside of the organization to solidify their starting rotation.

According to ESPN, free agent left-handed pitcher Chuck Finley pitched for Red Sox personel earlier this week, as two Red Sox scouts traveled to Southern California to watch him work out.

Finley last pitched in 2002 for the Cardinals, who acquired him from Cleveland on July 19, after which he averaged six innings in 14 starts as the Cardinals won nine of those games and both of his postseason starts.

Out of baseball in 2003, Finley has also attracted interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 40-year old pitcher believes he is ready to pitch in the majors immediately, but sources from both Los Angeles and Boston concede they would prefer him to pitch in the minor leagues for a couple of weeks.

Finley is 200-173 with a 3.85 ERA in his 17 year career, which began with the California Angels in 1986. He pitched for the Angels through the 1999 season before signing with the Indians in 2000. He is seeking a one-year, $3 million contract.

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