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.
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.