With the 2020 MLB season two_weeks away, the Red Sox are facing many questions moving forward. Interim manager Ron Reoenickie has many difficult questions to solve. Starting pitcher Chris Sale’s future is in doubt. Star player Mookie Betts is a Dodger along with David Price. Pitcher Rick Porcello is a Met. Popular utility man Brock Holt is a Brewer. In this post, we will examine three areas facing the Red Sox this season.
Red Sox 2020 Roster Projections Starting Pitching With starting pitcher Chris Sale’s future in doubt finding a starting pitcher is need number one. Currently, the team’s top three starters are Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi,, and Martin Perez. Fighting it out for athe fourth and fifth spots are Ryan Weber and Brian Johnson. Johnson has been injury_ prone for the past two years. Weber has been impressive in spring training and may earn himself a spot. If all goes as planned, the Red Sox could start the season with five starters. Relief Pitching So far this spring training, relief pitching, has been one of the club’s strengths. With no closer, the Sox will turn to Brandon Workman. Workman was Stellar in 2019 with a 10-1 record. Fighting it out for the middle relief are, Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes, Marcus Walden, Josh Oscich, Chris Mazza, Josh Taylor, and Darwinzon Hernandez. With rosters set for 26 players, look for the organization to take twelve pitchers north. Look for Hernandez to stick with the club. Hernandez joined the team last season and made an immediate impression. Offensive Production The loss of star player Mookie Betts will hurt. The club was third in the league b hitting 269 last summer. Replacing Betts is injured Alex Verdugo, obtained in the deal from the Dodgers. The team still has JD Martinez, Xander Bogarts, and Rafael Devers to supply the power. If the team does not get off to a good start, there is depth in Pawtucket. Prospects Bobby Dalbec and Josh Okimey are ready. Both supply power. The future The key to any winning season depends on the pitching. The uncertainty of Chris Sale could determine the outcome of the season. Depth wise the team does not have much in the minors. Interim manager Ron Roenicke has an arduous task of putting together a playoff_ caliber team.
http://bobphaneuf1957.com/2020/01/12/why-the-red-sox-receive-a-failing-grade-this-offseason/Thus far, this offseason the Boston Red Sox receives a failing grade trying to put a winning team on the field. Do not expect the team to make a serious run against the Yankees or Blue Jays. Both the Yankees and Blue Jays got better, while the Red Sox regressed. In this post, we will examine three areas that the organization needs to do in order to be a playoff contender.
Why The Red Sox Receive a Failing Grade This Offseason
Lack Of A Proven Closer The team never replaced former closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel was a vital cog in the Red Sox championship season a year ago. Closer by committee was the strategy last season. Relievers Brandon Workman and Ryan Brasier held the bulk of the load. Overall, the bullpen was a disaster. The club also lost free_agent Rick Porcello to the Mets.With no one in the farm system ready look for Boston to sink lower in the standings. No New Additions The only significant offseason moves were adding catcher Kevin Pawlicki and infielder Jose Parada. Pawlicki the ex _Met is younger than Sandy Leon. Numbers _wise he is not a huge improvement. Jose Parada was a Rule 5 transaction from the Reds. Parada is less expensive than current free agent Brock Holt.a hits for more power and can play every infield position. Look for the club to move on from Brock Holt. Lack Of Starting Pitching Currently, the Red Sox has four starting pitchers. Two are coming off an injury _riddled season. If David Price and Chris Sale are healthy the team may have a chance to compete.
The Red Sox finished third in the East at 84-74 Rick Porcello departing sets them back farther. With no help in the farm system, it will be a long summer at Fenway. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez had a career year winning 19 games. Trading David Price has been a constant rumor this winter. Price only pitched in 22 games last season compiling a 7-5 record. At 33 years old he is not in the team’s future plans. The Season Ahead With the signing off Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley for a year the club can focus on winning. Whether or David Price stays in Boston, the pitching is thin. Owner John Henry is committed to reducing the payroll to 208,000,000 dollars. With no help in the farm system and lack of commitment from ownership fans can expect a disappointing 2020. With Toronto and New York getting better look for the Red Sox hover near the bottom of the division.
With the 2019 Trade deadline approaching July 31st, the club has several issues to consider. Struggling in third place for most of the season the most significant need is in the bullpen. With no proven closer, Boston does not have an abundance of prospects to offer. In this post, we will explore three possible trade scenarios for the 2018 World Champions to explore. Trade Eduardo Nunez Trade chip number one trade Eduardo Nunez. Nunez was acquired two years ago from San Fransisco at the trade deadline. Nunez is having a productive 2019 hitting 2home runs and 18 rbi’s and hitting An experienced veteran Nunez would be a plus on any team. Nunez brings versatility and is an asset in the locker room. With Marco Hernandez and Brock Holt, healthy Nunez is expendable. Release Stephen Pearce The 2018 World Series hero has been plagued with injuries in 2019. Currently on rehab Pearce, is nearly ready to return. A valuable member of the team last season Pearce has only 89 at_ bats in 2019. Pearce signed a one year 6,000,000 dollar deal this past offseason. With plenty of power, Pearce still carries a potent bat when healthy. Would be a valuable acquisition for a team contending for the playoffs. Rookie Michael Chavis has been the regular first baseman. Trade Mitch Moreland With rookie Michael Chavis playing every day Mitch Moreland could be expendable. Moreland is in the middle of a two_ year contract extension. Last season, Moreland was a valuable contributor for the world champions He had one of his best season hitting 15 home runs driving in 68 runs and batting 245. When healthy he is one of the best defensive first basemen in baseball. Moreland, when healthy, would bring value to an organization with a thin farm system. So far, the 2019 season has been disappointing for Red Sox fans. With injuries to key players Nathan Eovaldi and no proven close,r the team has been struggling. With the All-Star game one week away the club is nine games behind the first place Yankees. If the Sox do not gain any ground soon, then the club will have to move some overpriced players. With half a season left, the Red Sox are far too talented to be stuck in third place.
Now that the Red Sox have wrapped up their fourth world championship in fifteen years it’s time to look ahead to next year. Pitching is the first issue that General Manager Dave Dombrowski needs to address this offseason. In this post, we will examine three areas that the organization reshape for the 2019 season.
Reshaping The Red Sox Roster for the 2019 season
Addressing The Pitching; The first order of business is to address the pitching staff. Currently, the team has three free agent pitchers that they need to make a decision on. Relievers Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly and Nathan Eovaldi are all free agents. Eovaldi finished the year with an impressive 6-7 record and a 3.81 ERA after being acquired from Tampa. Eovaldi proved to be a horse in the postseason but maybe too expensive for the organization to resign.
As for Joe Kelly and Nathan Eovaldi look for the club to move on from both closer Craig Kimbrel and Nathan Eovaldi The team could use Kelly as the eighth inning man and promote setup man Ryan Brasier to take over the closer’s role. In the starting pitching area, the club may think of trading Rick Porcello and his 21,000,000 a year salary.
Depending on what direction the team goes in look for the Red Sox to be conservative this offseason. Suitable starters who would be a nice fit are Dallas Keuchel or Brett Anderson of Oakland. Charlie Morton of the Astros would be a nice piece if the price is right. Regarding the bullpen department, attractive relievers are Tony Sipp of Houston. Cody Allen Of Cleveland. Also, Andrew Miller could be a possibility for the right situation.
Added depth; Aside from Brock Holt the team could use an extra role player or two. Holt who played a key role in the playoffs is the teams super sub. Some players who are free agents are Austin Jackson of Cleveland, John Jay Of Arizona. During the season Dombrowski signed Brandon Phillips. Phillips became an instant leader in the clubhouse after being recalled from Pawtucket. Depending on second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s progress from knee surgery second base will be an issue that needs to be addressed.
Possible Trades; Whenever a team wins a total of 119 games fans are more than satisfied. First_ Year manager Alex Cora was one of three managers to win a World Series as a rookie manager. Look for the organization to have a quiet offseason and maintain the intensity they showed in the playoffs. The Future; The club has so far received a commitment from David Price and signed Steven Pearce to a one year Deal. Pearce was obtained midway through the season and was named World Series MVP.
Now that the Major League trade deadline has passed Red Sox fans should be happy, as the club traded for veteran infielder Ian Kinsler. The organization obtained Kinsler for two minor league prospects.
. In Kinsler, the club gets a quality replacement for the injured Dustin Pedroia. In this post, we will examine three areas why the Red Sox needed offense over relief pitching.
Why Ian Kinsler Is An Upgrade For The Red Sox
Since the injury to Dustin Pedroia, the team has been shuffling Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt at second. In Kinsler, the club is getting a thirteen_ year veteran. Kinsler who has a career batting average of 272 has 247 home runs and 871 runs batted in.. Defensively he has a 981 fielding percentage over a span of 8400 chances. Playing in1,719 games Kinsler is still a quality everyday player.
Compared to Pedroia the two are similar in their style of play. Kinsler was a seventeenth round pick in 2002 while Pedroia was drafted by Boston the following year. With Pedroia out with a knee injury, the Red Sox are getting a player who the fans will hopefully appreciate like they did Pedroia. All factors considered Kinsler is a quality upgrade over substitutes Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez.
General Manager Dave Dombrowski did not add any new arms to assist the bullpen. The club has been getting substantial contributions from All _Star closer Craig Kimbrel.
In addition to Kimbrell Boston has been getting valuable contributions from Matt Barnes3-3-3.57, Heath Hembree 4-1 3.65, Joe Kelly 3-0 1.57, Ryan Brasier, and Tyler Thornburg.
Since opening day 2018 General Manager Dave Dombrowski has been very proactive in improving the team’s roster. The club acquired veteran first baseman Steve Pearce from Toronto. Late last week the team traded for Ray’s pitcher righthander Nathan Eovaldi. In Eovaldi’s first start he shutout the Tigers on 82 pitches.
With the best record in baseball at 75-34, Boston needs to get dependable pitching from its starters. With Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez on rehab, every start is crucial. If the team hopes to achieve success in the postseason, then it all comes down to the pitching.