An incentive-laden short-term deal could make sense for both team and player, Mastrodonato notes.
The 2016 AL Cy Young winner owns a 73-55 record with a 4.15 FIP over five campaigns with the Red Sox. However, Porcello's coming off the worst season of his 11-year career after posting a 5.52 ERA across 32 starts in 2019.
Boston isn't the only team rumored to be pursuing Porcello, as the New York Mets are also interested in signing the starting pitcher, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Porcello, 30, is a New Jersey native and the Mets are looking for pitching help after Zack Wheeler reportedly bolted town for a massive multi-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.