The 2022 Red Sox offseason has been porous at best. In this post, we will evaluate the Red Sox off -season. Starting with the pitching, the organization has no real stopper. Let us take a look at the latest moves and compare them to other clubs.
Beginning with the starting pitching, Red Sox fans do not have much to cheer about. The Rangers added Jacob Degroom and Nate Eovaldi. Boston said goodbye to Rich Hill. If anything, the club is holding on to life support.
If there is anything positive, the bullpen improved significantly. Starting with a new closer Kenley Jansen, and adding Chris Martin and Joely Rodriguez. This makes Matt Barnes’s job a lot easier. Reliever Garrett Whitlock can move into the rotation. Also, Tanner Houck can rotate between starting and relieving.
Last season, the Red Sox had one of the worst bullpens in baseball. With more depth, the club has one of the better pitching departments in the American league. If Tanner Houck and Chris Sale can stay healthy, the Red Sox will make things interesting.
With the shocking departure of Xander Bogaerts, the organization lacks offense. Third baseman Rafael Devers appears to be on the move. The club lacks a minimal power threat in the middle of the order.
Last season, the club hit 258 fifth best in the league, and led the league in runs scored. Power wise they hit 155. This year the power is worse. Japanese free agent Masataka Yoshida signed a five-year deal with the team. Known for his patient at-bats Yoshida can fill in as the DH and outfield. In seven seasons in Japan, Yoshida belted 135 career home runs while posting a 326 Batting Average.
Catching Department Thin
If the season started today, Reese McGuire and Connor Wong are your catchers. McGuire was acquired in July and hit 3 home runs. Wong has only two partial seasons under his belt. The club has no one in the farm system ready to step in and contribute.
With a questionable starting pitching staff, this team has too many holes to fill. Replacing Xander Bogaerts will be an arduous task. Bogaerts was homegrown and a clubhouse leader.With no power hitter in the lineup, Red Sox fans will be in for a disappointing summer.