Life For The Red Sox After The Work Stoppage

Life for the Red Sox after the work stoppage will be interesting. The team has currently added Rich Hill, James Paxton, and Jackie Bradley Jr. Still a long way to go. Currently, the organization has spent 190.000 000 on next year’s salaries. They still have to solve the second base dilemma. In this post, we will explore available options for next season.

Roster Chaos

One obvious answer is roster chaos. With Chaim Bloom already committing to washed _up veterans, one has to wonder what direction is next. Pitcher Michael Wacha is not the pitcher he once was. Rich Hill is in his third stint with the Red Sox. And Jackie Bradley is coming off his worst season ever.

In 2021 Bradley hit a disappointing 163 6 home runs, and 39 rbi’s. Plus an OBP/236, OPS/497, and 261 slugging percentage. Certainly not marketable numbers. No doubt the club will miss Renfroes production. His 14 assists were tops in the league. His postseason performance is what got him dealt. With, not much cap space left, Chaim Bloom’s options are minimal.

Number Three Starter And Closer

Replacing Eduardo Rodriguez is a priority. Michael Wacha and Rich Hill aren’t the answers. James Paxton is a reclamation project who we won’t see until 2023. That leaves only help in the farm or another free agent.

Notable free agents still available are Carlos Rodon, Alex Wood, and Michael Pineda. The most attractive name is Rodon. He had his best season in 2021 winning 13 games and losing six posting a 2.37 ERA. At 29 years old he would be the perfect fit for the Red Sox. A dependable lefthander who is still in his prime.

Another avenue to explore is the fam system. Two pitchers I like are Jay Groome and Chris Murphy. Groome is a monstrous 6’6″ weighing 262lbs. A slider, curve, and fastball are his best pitches. Murphy was 3-2 at Portland last season and throws 94 mph. Reliever Durbin Feltman went 7-0 at AAA Worcester

Outfield Depth

Replacing Hunter Renfroe will not be easy. Renfroe is coming off a career year, slamming 36 home runs. With Alex Verdugo in left and Jackie Bradley in centerfield, the club. is better defensively. With no help on the farm free agency is their option.

Several key free agents are still available. My personal favorite is Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos. Castellanos had a career year in 2021 belting 34 home runs and knocking in 100. Adam Duvall of the Braves and Tommy Pham of San Diego are still unsigned. Renfroe’s bat will be sorely missed. Free_ agent Kyle Schwarber is still available will be too expensive.

Japanese free agent Seiya Suzuki is a possibility. Suzuki is the best player on the market. He has a lifetime average of 309 with a 402OBP and 189 home runs. He would also be an asset defensively.

Conclusion

With the lockout still on hold, the team is not much better than last seasonWith the lockout still on hold, team is not much better than last season. Replacing Hunter Renfroe’s bat will be difficult. However, his twelve errors were the worst in the league. Resigning Kyle Schwarber will be tough even if the Luxury tax increases a little after the strike. Look for the team to pursue Seiya Suzuki is the most logical candidate.

Dealing With MLB’s Boring Offseason

Baseball fans are dealing with Major League Baseball’s boring offseason. Free agency is the beauty of sports. This year is an entirely different situation. MLB commissioner Rob Manford announced a work stoppage in November. Team’s and facilities shut down until further notice. With Covid on the rampage, fans are bracing for a long and bleak winter. In this post, we will discuss three areas that the Red Sox needs to focus on when the stoppage ends.

Starting Pitching

In the early days of free agency starting pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez signed with Detroit. The move puts added pressure on the staff. Currently, the club has two starters, Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi. Whether Garrett Whitlock or Tanner Houck can crack the starting rotation, we will see in spring training.

Before the stoppage, General Manager Chaim Bloom signed Rich Hill and Jim Paxton to contracts. Paxton is recovering from Tommy John. His status is in limbo. The interesting issue with his deal is, they have a club option for two years. With time and patience, he could be a diamond in the rough. The ex _Mariner and Yankee can be tough when healthy.

Rich Hill, on the other hand, is reuniting with the Red Sox. He pitched from 2010 until 2012 and again in 2015. Last season he was 7-8 with a 3.86 ERA splitting time with Toronto and, the New York Mets.

First Base Help

Last season rookie Bobby Dalbec had a breakout year. The first_ year player cracked twenty_ five home rubs and drove in seventy_ eight runs. Questions arose regarding his defense. As the season progressed, his fielding improved.

A possible free_ agent signee is Mitch Moreland. Moreland spent the past year with the Oakland Athletics.

Bullpen Overhaul

The Red Sox bullpen was inconsistent in 2021. They had a team ERA of 4.26 seventh in the American League. Save wise, the club had 49 second best in the league. rookie Garrett Whitlock was a candidate for Rookie of the Year. Fellow teammate Tanner Houck split time between relief and starting. Closer Matt Barnes was dominant in the first half and shaky in the second half. A fresh face will be a welcomed addition for fans.

Conclusion

Last season, the team exceeded all expectations. Finishing 92-70, they were the surprise of baseball. Alex Cora had his option picked up. Wise spending is the key to contention once the work stoppage ends.

Red Sox OffSeaspn Wish List This Winter

With the World Series in the books, It’s time to examine the Red Sox off _season wish list this winter. MLB Free Agency officially opens for business. The Red Sox list of free agents includes Jose Inglesias, Travis Shaw, Adam Ottavino, Hansel Robles, JD Martinez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Kyle Schwarber. Out of the group, Rodriguez is the most obvious to sign. Currently, Rodriguez has an 8.3 million dollar salary. Rodriguez was the club’s ace in 2021. But with a high ERA of 4.70, the Red Sox may want to consider a cheaper option. Schwarber was acquired at the trade deadline, where he hit 291 with 7 home runs and 18 RBI’s. At 1.5 million, the Sox could say goodbye, to JD Martinez and make Schwarber an everyday outfielder.

Bullpen Issues

Every major league team needs to beef up its bullpen. The Red Sox are no different. In 2021, the club exceeded expectations with 92 wins. The bullpen finished the season with 49 saves second best in the league. The team ERA was a modest4.26 seventh _best in the American League.

The Red Sox payroll stands at 147 million dollars for the 2022 season. That means that they may lose Eduardo RodriguezEduardo Rodriguez. Currently, Rodriguez earns 8 million dollars per year. Look for that to double if he tests the free_ agent market. Potential fer_agents include Liam Hendricks of Oakland, Brad Hand, Toronto, Jake McGee, Colorado, Joakim Soria, and Archie Bradley of the Reds.

With the team’s salary cap issues, I like Brad Hand and Joakim Soria. Forget getting Liam Hendriks. although he saved 38 games last year, his price tag will be too high. As for Hand, he was released last year by the Nationals and claimed by the. Mets.

Starting Pitching Concerns

This is where it gets interesting. This year’s free_agent class is immense. Some notable names are Freddie Freeman, Joc Pederson, Max Scherzer, Kevin Gausman, Michael Pineda, Justin Velrander.

If Rodriguez departs, I like Michael Pineda on a two_year deal. Despite issues with elbow inflammation he would bring solid value.

Option number two would be to release Garrett Richards and Martin Perez. A perfect fit would be Justin Verlander on a one year. My third choice is Robbie Ray. Ray is a gutsy player whose stock has risen. An excellent fastball, slider, and curveball would be ideal in Fenway.

Depth Issues

Overall, the Red Sox roster is stacked. Forget the team going after a big name. One name that would help is Marcus Semien. Semien had a career year belting 45 homers, and knocking in 102 RBI’s, for Toronto. Would be the perfect Fenway hitter. A two_year deal is a possibility until prospect Nick Yorke is ready. The issue is his 18 million dollar salary.

Another upgrade need is the outfield. Danny Santana isn’t enough. Some names to consider are Michael Conforto, and Dodger utility man Chris Taylor.

Conclusion

Team president Chaim Bloom has some work to do. Fans are impatient for another championship. A lot depends on what Rodriguez does. Look for JD Martinez to opt_ out. Kyle Schwarber would be a perfect replacement.

Red Sox Still Alive In The AL East

Despite recent struggles, the Red Sox is still alive in the AL East. After taking two out of three in Seattle, the team has won seven in a row. With eleven games left, it boils down to the starting pitching. Chris Sale is healthy and winning. Nathan Eovaldi is one of the league _best. With a weekend series against the Yankees, the team cannot afford to make silly mistakes. Fundamentals have been a major issue with this team. In this post, we will review the club’s strengths.

Chris Sale Is Healthy And Winning

Since being reactivated with Tommy John surgery, Chris Sale is 5-0. Despite an issue with Covid, the teams’, pitching is its’ strong point. With Sale pitching like Sale, the Red Sox are just as good as anyone.

With, fourteen pitchers, the team is flexible. Garrett Richards has been a shining star. c is healthy from Covid. Rookie Garrett Whitlock is a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year.

The success of the club falls on Chris Sales health. Nathan Eovaldi has been the unit’s ace all year. Eduardo Rodriguez has been inconsistent. A successful postseason depends on the starting pitching.

A Smart Manager In Alex Cora

Despite, a second_ half slide, manager Alex Cora has the club in the thick of the race. The team has rediscovered itself since the Covid outbreak. He has managed to utilize Kyle Schwarber and JD Martinez.

The organization has also gotten convincing performances from its bench. Late _season additions Travis Shaw, Jose Iglesias have contributed significantly. Cora has managed to keep loose and winning. Late game heroics have also benefitted the team.

With thirteen players out with Covid, Alex Cora has the club playing tough hard_ nosed baseball. If the team can play smart baseball, the playoffs will be a success.

The Emergence Of Bobby Dalbec

First baseman Bobby Dalbec has emerged as a quality first baseman. With, early_ season stumbles, Dalbec was Player of the Month for August. With, 23 home runs and 78 rbi’s Dalbec is only getting better. He and Hunter Renfroe continue to get clutch hits.

Defensively, Dalbec continues to shine. Prior to August, he was heavily criticized for not making routine plays. He is clearly the team’s best hitter as of this moment. If the club needs to keep winning, then they need Dalbec to stay hot.

Conclusion

With nine games left, the Red Sox are in a good spot. Sound baseball is the recipe for success. Committing poor base running mistakes and sloppy defense will not get it done.

Red Sox Bullpen Paying Dividends

With the baseball season a quarter of the way over, the Red Sox are game and a half behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. One reason for their early season success is the performance of the bullpen. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the Red Sox bullpen is paying dividends.

Offseason Signings Stepping Up

In the off_ season, the organization shored up the bullpen significantly. Adam Ottavino, Matt Andriese, and Garrett Whitlock have stepped up. Rule 5 pickup Garrett Whitlock has been one of the best relievers in baseball. Ex Yankee Adam Ottavino has been lights out in his last dozen appearances. Right_ hander Matt Andriese has been up and down. If the team wants to retake first place, the bullpen will have to continue to pitch on a high level.

Matt Barnes Having All_ Star Season

The veteran reliever is experiencing an All_Star season In 23 games he is 1-1 with a nifty 2.63 ERA. His 11 saves rank him at the top in MLB. If he stays on his current pace he will be the difference between the club having a winning season. Statistically, the team has a 2.84 ERA the seventh _best in baseball.

Bullpen Has Depth

The unit has been receiving valuable contributions from Darwinzon Hernandez, Hirokazu Sawamura, Phillips Valdez, and Darwinzon Hernandez. Hernandez has been Alex Cora’s most electrifying reliever. At some point, I feel Hernandez will be a starter with his proficiency.

Conclusion

If the team hopes to make the playoffs, it will fall on the pitching. The Red Sox has been enjoying quality starts from Nick Pivetta, Nathan Eovaldi, and Garrett Richards. Richards has turned his season around after a disappointing start. A consistent bullpen is a priority for a rewarding post_season.

3 Issues Concerning Red Sox Pitching

After 37 games, there are 3 issues concerning Red Sox pitching. With a 22-15 record they are 2 games ahead of the Yankees. Most fans would be ecstatic. Compared to last season the team is far ahead of expectations. In this post, we will evaluate the Red Sox, pitching staff.

3 Issues Concerning Red Sox Pitching

Logjam Of Pitchers

Considering the team is the best hitting team in the league, they are carrying 13 pitchers. With managers carrying 27 players, the starters are getting pulled too early. With 5 starting pitchers 8 are sitting in the bullpen.

In, the last 10 games the starters have gone 5 innings putting pressure on the offense. Burning out the bullpen early is not a healthy scenario. With a 162 game schedule getting pulled after 5 innings won’t cut it in July and August. Eduardo Rodriguez and Nick Pivetta are both undefeated but have struggled after the 5th inning.

Garrett Whitlock/Shining Star

Rule 5 acquisition Garrett Whitlock has been the team’s shining star. With an impressive 0.63 ERA and 19 strikeouts, Whitlock has been one of the best relievers in baseball. Averaging 2 innings per appearance he has paved the way for Matt Barnes.

If Whitlock can stay on his current pace he will be a lock for the AL All_Star team. He has been a shining star. Matt Barnes has been stellar has a closer.

Help In The Pipeline

It’s still far to early to predict where the Red Sox will finish. One fact for sure is the starters need to go deeper into games. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez seems to be healthy after a stint with Coved 19. Will his strong outings continue?

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Chris Sale who missed all of 2020 has started throwing off the mound. I do not expect Sale to be activated until September at the earliest. So where does that leave Alex Cora? Pitchers Tanner Houck and Eduardo Bazardo were up earlier but got sent back down. Either one is ready. The team claimed Brandon Workman off waivers from the Cubs.

My gut feeling is it will be Brandon Workman or Connor Seabold. Seabold was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies last July for Workman.

Conclusion

If the club expects to make the playoffs, it starts with the pitching. Manager Alex Cora has been pulling his starters too early. Garrett Richard’s last two outings have been superb. Relying on the bullpen too early and often may result in disappointment.

Pitching Will Determine Red Sox Success In 2021

The Red Sox are off to a torrid start in 2021. Starting pitching will determine Red Sox’s success in 2021. Compared to last season the team has three dependable starters. The key element in the pitching will come from the fourth and fifth starters. Newly acquired Garrett Richards and Martin Perez round out the staff. In this post, we will review the organization’s starting pitching.

Five Quality Starters

In 2020, the starting pitching was non _existent. They shut down Chris Sale with Tommy John issues. Eduardo Rodriguez was out with Coved 19. This season Eduardo Rodriguez is 2-0 and healthy. Nathan Eovaldi is pitching well.

The latter part of the staff, Garrett Richards and Martin Perez have been inconsistent. Garrett Richards is struggling. Lefty Martin Perez has been OK. Prospect Tanner Houck is starting Sunday against Chicago.

Well Balanced Offense

In, 2021 the team’s 356 ERA is the fifth_ best in the league. Offensively, the club ranks first in the league in slugging percentage, OBP, and team average 273. They have 16 home runs, which are fifth in the league.

The offense will be a significant factor for the Red Sox this season. Third baseman Rafael Devers is one of the best hitters in the game. Designated hitter JD Martinez has gotten off to an excellent start. Manager Alex Cora has gotten huge contributions from Marwin Gonzalez, Alex Verdugo, and Christian Vazquez. Depth is essential for any hopes of making the playoffs.

Bullpen Depth

The Red Sox are carrying 14 pitchers. In, 14 games the bullpen has been sensational. Veteran Matt Barnes has appeared in six _games and has a 0.00 ERA with 1 win and 2 saves. Rule 5 draftee Garrett Whitlock is turning heads. Whitlock was selected by the Red Sox from the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft. Veteran Matt Andriese has contributed significantly.

Conclusion

Any hopes of a deep playoff run hinges on the starting pitching. Offensively, they are the best in the league. With, Alex Cora at the helm, the future is bright.

Five Free Agent Fits For The 2021 Red Sox

With baseball free agency around the corner, it’s time to predict what the 2121 Red Sox roster may look like. With only $25,000,000 to spend they have a lot of holes to fill. The first order of business is to address the second base position. A long time favorite Dustin Pedroia career may be over. Another area is pitching. Boston had one of the worst bullpens in baseball last season. Overall, they squandered 25 blown saves. With no closer insight, the team will have to search elsewhere.

Five Free Agent Fits For The 2021 Red Sox

Anthony Descalfani

This would be a reclamation project. Descalfani has been injury_ riddled the past two seasons. In 2020 he finished with a 1-2 record and a 7.22 ERA. The lanky right _hander would be a bargain.

In 2020 Descalfani had a disappointing season. He only appeared in 9 games due to a strain in his right shoulder. Given the right situation, he could be a perfect candidate as a fourth or fifth starter.

His current salary with the Reds last season was $5.9. This would be an ideal signing for the Red Sox. The knock_ on Descalfani is he has a high walk ratio of 10%. When healthy, he throws with good velocity averaging 93

Chris Archer

Red Sox General manager is very familiar with Chris Archer. The long time Devil Ray was dealt to Pittsburgh two_years ago. He missed the entire 2020 season due to numbness in the fingers.

A fresh start would be the best alternative for Archer. I look for him to return to the AL East where he once one of the best Rays pitchers on the staff. At $11,000,000 he would be the perfect one or two _year deal fit. When he’s healthy he eats up a lot of innings. This is a department the Red Sox sorely lacked in 2020.

Jackie Bradley Jr

This is a must signing. Forget signing George Springer or Michael Brantley. At 30 years old Bradley is the best all _around center fielder in baseball. He wins more games with his glove and arm than anyone.

A career 239 hitter Bradley also has a 412 slugging and 321 OBP. At $6,000,000 he is still the best deal on the market. He would be a perfect short term deal until Jared Duran or Gilberto Jiminez are ready. He’s also a threat on the basepaths.

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Bradley has been the talk of trade rumors. A personal favorite of mine Bradley is one of the game’s streakiest hitters. Also, one of the team’s leaders on and off the field.

Cesar Hernandez/2b/Indians

A true second baseman, he would add a spark to the Red Sox lineup. A veteran of eight major league seasons. He broke in with the Phillies and signed with Cleveland as a free agent in 2020.

Would be a great fit as the team’s leadoff hitter. A career 277 hitter and 352 OBP/ and 383 SLG. Hernandez can provide speed and is an excellent situational hitter.

With a cap hit of $7.75.000,000, he would be the perfect substitute until Jeter Downs is ready. He is an excellent bunter which would be a bonus with the club’s lineup. Has a career 80 stolen base

Christian Arroyo/ Inf/ Red Sox

This may be the best alternative for the Red Sox. Christian Arroyo joined the team in early 2020 after being released by Tampa. Even though he appeared in only 20 games it’s his defensive skills that caught management’s eye.

career _wise Arroyo is a 219 hitter with 9 home runs and 35 RBI’s. As a player, Arroyo provides versatility playing multiple positions. If Arroyo has a good spring training he could prove to be a diamond in the rough.

conclusion

Red Sox President Chaim Boom has a difficult task rebuilding the current roster. With $25,000,000 available the organization can only get better. The club finished with the fourth _worst record in baseball last season.

If pitchers Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez can bounce back from injuries the rebuild should be easier. Promising youngsters such as Bobby Dalbec and Tanner Houck give Red Sox fans hope for a bright future.

Dismal Red Sox Season Ends On Several Positives

For the fourth time in nine _years, the Red Sox have finished in last place. However, with some talented prospects, things are looking up. Priority number one is to find a new manager. In this post, we will review How a dismal Red Sox Season Ended on Several Positives.                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                        Dismal Red Sox Season Ends On Several Positives                               

                                                                                                                                                                                   Search For A New Manager Since 20012 the Red Sox has gone through four managers. This year the victim was Ron Roenicke.   Roenicke guided the organization to a 24-36 record. Fourth worst record in the Majors.

For starters, the club added more depth to the organization.  Prospect Tanner Houck was dominating in three starts. While posting a 3-0 record Houck solidified himself as a starter, next year.

As the season progressed, the team added Christian Arroyo, Yairo Munoz, and catcher Deivy Grullon from St. Louis.They made trades.The team sent favorite Mitch Moreland to San Diego. In return, the Red Sox Received prospects Hudson Potts ss/ and outfielder Jeisson Rosario.

Several managerial candidates are  Jason Varitek, Sam Fuld/Phillies  James Rowson/Twins bench coach, Matt Quatraro/Rays bench coach, Luis Ureta Columbian baseball coach. Myself personally I think it will be Rays coach Matt Quatraro.

Restocked System  Since Chaim Bloom took over, the organization has restocked. With a thin depth chart, the team is ready to promote its younger players. The most recent was Tanner Houck. In three appearances Houck dominated opponents. Finishing 3-0 he is in the starting mix next season.

Other names to monitor are Jay Groome/pitcher, Bryan Mata Pitcher, Jeter Downs 2b/ss. Hudson Potts/ss. Also, Jarren Duran outfielder. Look for Chaim Bloom to trade anybody this offseason.

No Player Is Untouchable With a poor showing last season, no player is untouchable. That includes Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, and JD Martinez. Overall, the fan base is dwindling.

Conclusion  The year 2020 was different. The virus reduced the season to 60 games. Players had to be tested daily. Travel was limited. Teams like the Marlins canceled games. Yet, the season went on. The performance in 2020 was ugly to say the least. There is a reason for optimism next year.

Chaim Bloom Begins His Restructuring Process OF The Red Sox

The Red Sox officially entered the midseason trade market. Friday the team sent Pitchers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree to the Phillies for Nicki Pivetta and Connor Seabold. The RedSox get a  mid_rotaion starter in Pivetta and a future starter in Seabold. In this post, we will evaluate three possible trade chips the Red Sox have to work with.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Chaim Bloom Begins His Restructuring  Process Of The Red Sox                                                                                                                                                                            

   Brandon Workman/Heath Hembree   Since his rookie season in 2013, Brandon Workman has been a workhorse for the organization. He enjoyed his best season in 2019 posting a 10-1  and a 1.88 ERA and 16 saves. Ditto for Heath Hembree. Hembree was acquired from San Fransisco in 2014 for Jake Peavy. In seven seasons Hembree pitched in 251 career games for Boston. This season, he posted a 2-0 record and 2 saves.

The Phillies have the worst bullpen in baseball. In getting Workman and Hembree the staff will be that much better. Workman is a free agent after 2020, while Hembree is one after the 2023 season.

 

Jackie Bradley, Andrew Benintendi, Kevin Pillar  There is a good possibility that one of the three will be traded. Andrew Benintendi is on the 10 days DL. He is off to his worst start a major leaguer. Before his injury, he was batting 103/314OBP/128 SLG.  In two seasons, his production has regressed.  Currently, Benintendi is in the middle, of a two_year contract.

A second option for the team is Jackie Bradley. He started off the year hot but since is in a moderate slump. He still wins games with his glove and is fun to watch. Career _wise, Bradley is 236BA/317OBP/406 SLG.

Another player to keep an eye on is Kevin Pillar. In the offseason Pillar signed an one_year deal.  He is a free agent after the season. At 31 years old he would bring you the most value in a trade.    He is one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball.

This is where it gets tricky. Martinez is in the middle of a long_term deal. He has the option of opting in or staying. As of now, he is one of the team’s hottest hitters. His home run swing is coming back. Look for Martinez to remain with the team.

Conclusion; The organization is off to the worst start in years. Look for Chaim Bloom to move anyone in order to be more competitive.

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