Poor Offseason Resulting In Little Improvement For 2021 Red Sox

The 2021 MLB free agency is at the mid_way point The Red Sox are having a poor 2021 offseason that is resulting in little improvement. General Manager Chaim Bloom continues to make low_ end deals that will not improve the club. With Toronto and New York getting better,. the organization has disappointed fans. In this post, we will review what direction the club is going in.

Relying On its Farm System

Since the millennial, the Red Sox have pulled off four World Championships. In order to achieve this, the team had to give up prospects. In 2013, the club acquired pitcher Jake Peavy at the trade deadline for prospects.

In 2016, the team gave up legitimate prospects and traded for pitching ace Chris Sale from Chicago. Since the cupboard has gone bare and now, they are restocking the system.

Since Chaim Bloom took over, the organization’s farm system has been climbing back toward respectability. Baseball America has three of the club’s prospects ranked in the top 100.

Team Has Promising Pitching Prospects On The Horizon

The past couple of year’s Red Sox fans have seen the development of talented young pitchers. In 2020 the team recalled starter Tanner Houck. Houck responded by going 2-0 and recorded a shutout. Houck was the team’s number one draft pick in 2017. A burly right_hander who throws in the mid to high nineties. Expect Houck to compete for a starting pitching spot in spring training.

Other names to watch are Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor. Taylor is a key member of the Red Sox bullpen. Two more prospects are Brian Matta and Noah Song. Song They drafted him in 2019, out of the Naval Academy. Matta is the club’s number one international prospect. They selected in the 2016 draft class out of Venezuela.

Alex Cora Rehired As Sox Manager

The organization rehired former manager Alex Cora as manager over the winter. Cora, as fans recall, parted ways after the so_called cheating scandal during the 2018 World Series.

Cora has a reputation for working well with young players. He is a great fit for the current team.

Conclusion

There is plenty of work ahead, Jackie Bradley remains on the open market. The second base position is still vacant. Adding a starting pitcher is also a priority. With only Hunter Renfroe, pitcher Mike Andriese, and Martin Perez will not get it done. At this rate, Red Sox fans may be in for a long 2021 season.

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.

For several years,

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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Grading The Red Sox 2020 Draft Class

Last week the MLB held the yearly draft process. The Red Sox selected four prospects. First _year GM Chaim Bloom selected two high school prospects as well as two talented college prospects. The Red Sox were penalized a pick, due to their participation cheating in the 2018 World Series. In this post, we will review each prospect.

Grading The Red Sox 2020 Draft Class                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Nick Yorke The 17th selection in the draft. Nick Yorke was well ahead of himself as a hitter. The second baseman for Arch Bishop Mitty High School in California is remarkably plate disciplined. He has a short compact swing and makes excellent contact.

As a fielder, he has excellent hands and quick feet. Recruited by Arizona, he may sign with the organization this summer. General Manager Chaim Bloom was impressed with his maturity.                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                              BlazeJordan  One of the youngest players in the draft, Jordan is noted for his power.  In four years at Desoto high school, Jordan Finished with 19 home runs,98 rbi’s, and an impressive 440 batting average.                                                                                                       

As a third baseman, he was one of the best fielders in the state. with the certainty of MLB look for Jordan to attend college at Mississippi State.      

                                                                                                                                                                                   Shane  Drohan With the 148th pick, the Red Sox selected Shane Drohan of Florida State University. If all goes well, Drohan will be a third or fourth starter. He possesses three pitches a fastball, slider, and changeup. Noted for his athletic skills, Drohan is also a dominant fielding pitcher.   

In four years at FSU Drohan pitched 22 appearances striking out 72  batters and finishing with a 4.98 ERA.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jeremy Wu Yelland, This player was selected with the organization’s 4th pick.  Noted for his versatility Wu Yelland contributed both as a starter and reliever for the University of Hawaii. The Red Sox see Wu Yelland as a long reliever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    He also spent some time in the Cape Cod League for the Chatham Angels.  In 2019 Wu Yelland finished the campaign with a 2-1 record and a 3.15 ERA. He also struck out 26 batters.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Future With MLB at a standstill, these draft picks may not see any action at all this summer. General Manager Chaim Bloom did a significant job in drafting needs. Look for the two high school players to attend college. Overall, the Red Sox get a B- for this year’s draft class.

   Grading The 2020 Red Sox Draft Class

Why The Red Sox Farm System Is Not As Bleak As Fans Realize

With the Pandemic still halting all baseball operations, it’s time to get into some baseball talk. With the Red Sox losing one of the games brightest stars in Mookie Betts Its time to look at the future. In this post, we will evaluate some prospects in the Red Sox system. I will focus on pitching.                                 Why The Red Sox Farm System Is Not As Bleak As Fans Realize                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jay Groome    Jay Groome was the team’s number one draft pick in 2016. Hampered by injuries Groome is slowly working his way back. Noted for his curveball, his fastball ranges in the mid too high 90’s. His third pitch is a changeup that has been clocked between86 and 88 mph.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With his massive frame 6’5″ 2301bs he could possibly be a late_ season call up. Noted for his strong work ethic, the organization has been impressed with his progress.

 

Jarren Duran/Gilberto Jiminez cf  Both prospects are blessed with superior athleticism. The edge goes to Duran. Although he does not hit for power, he is noted for his short sweet stroke. Will most likely be a spray hitter when he reaches the majors.  Duran has the tools to be an everyday centerfielder.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gilberto Jiminez is the fastest player in the organization. Like Duran, he not hit for power.  Being more of singles and doubles hitter, his unique speed will make him an offensive threat.

Noah Song  Pitcher One of the most promising pitchers in the organization. Noah Song was drafted 4th in the 2019 draft out of the Naval academy. With his wide frame 6’3″ 200lbs Songs fastball clocks between 95-97.                                                                                                                                                                                                        In Lowell, last season Song finished with a 1.06 ERA in 17 total innings pitched. If Song can stay healthy he could be a top of the rotation starter by 2022. The last starter developed by Boston was John Lester.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tanner Houck pitcher Tanner Houck is another I testing prospect. With excellent size6’3″ 220 lbs Houck is projected to be a reliever. His three bread and butter pitches are the slider and fastball.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In three years Houck has progressed well compiling 15-20 wins and losses and a 4.06 ERA. If the season is salvaged Houck could make his way to Fenway in September.

The Pandemic  If and when baseball returns, the Red Sox have their work cut out for them. With Toronto and the Yankees getting betting the organization may have to count on their farm system to keep them competitive.

Red Sox 2020 Roster Projections

 

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.                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

What The Red Sox Receive In Return For Mookie Betts And David Price

With last week’s blockbuster trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox fans are apprehensive. In 2019 they finished in third place at 84-78. Injuries to the starting pitching hindered any hope of repeating. Hopefully, Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi can stay healthy. In this post, we will examine three areas why the organization benefitted in the Mookie Betts trade.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What The Red Sox receive In the Mookie Betts And David Price Trade                                                                                                                                                                                      Prospects   Their is a saying in baseball that prospects mean nothing.  This may be true with this trade. On the flip side, Dustin Pedroia’s career is over. The club has no real back up catcher behind Christian Vazquez. Kevin Plawecki was signed during the off_ season. Plawecki is a career 218  hitter spending time with the Mets and Indians.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In return for Betts and Price, the Sox receive Catcher Connor Wong and infielder Jeter Downs. In three minor league seasons, Wong is a career 275 hitter. He has some pop with 48 home runs. Downs can play either shortstop or second base.  In a couple of years, Downs could be the starting second baseman The third player Alex Verdugo is a fourth outfielder. In two seasons with the Dodgers, he is a career 282 hitter.

Cap Flexibility  In 2019 the Red Sox had the highest payroll in baseball. Overall, the club spent 244 million dollars on David Price, Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi, and Stephen Pearce. All four players suffered season_ ending injuries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        By moving Betts and Price, the Sox payrolls down to 193,000,000. Granted, the club has to pay 14,000,000 dollars of Prices contract. The deal does give the club some wiggle room to add another pitcher or two.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fresh Outlook  If anything the Red Sox have a fresh outlook  for the upcoming 2020 season.  the 2019 team was heavily criticized for being non _likable. Pitcher David Price lashed out at broadcaster Dennis  Eckersley. This did not sit well with fans and the media.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               If  Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi can stay healthy, the club should be better in 2020 even without Betts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Looking Ahead With a new manager in Ron Roenicke and a healthy pitching staff the Red Sox should have a successful 2020. Depending on the outcome of the cheating scandal  the Red Sox will move on from this grey cloud.

 

Why The Red Sox Receive A Failing Grade This Offseason

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.

Three Reasons Why Mookie Betts Will Resign With The Red Sox

 Now that the 2019 MLB Hot Stove season is in full swing, the Red Sox have one of the most challenging offseasons in recent memory. The number one topic around Fenway Park is where will Mookie Betts after he becomes a free agent after the 2020 campaign. A gut feeling is the team and new GM Chaim Bloom will solve the riddle. In the end, Mookie Betts will sign a long _term deal with the Red Sox. In this post, we will review three areas why Mookie Betts will resign with the Red Sox.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Three Reasons Why Mookie Betts Will Resign With The Red Sox

Homegrown talent Since being recalled in 2011 Betts has a 301 _lifetime average. His other statistics include 139 home runs,47o rbi’s, a 519 slugging percentage and a 370 OBP.                                                                                                                 Players with Betts talent are few and far between. Finding comparable talent will not be easy. If the return does not pan out the organization will be the laughing stock. The farm system is thin and the starting pitching is questionable.  With the organization’s goal not to exceed 208 million look for the club to consider other alternatives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Arbitration Eligible Players  This offseason the team needs to critical decisions with several players. Players such as Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, Sandy Leon, Steven Wright, Marco Hernandez, and the most important Mookie Betts. Also eligible are Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes,qnd Gorky’s Hernandez.

Team Needs To Get Younger Aside from a hefty payroll, the club also needs to get younger. One alternative to resign Betts is to try to deal David Price and  Nathan Eovaldi. Price is in the middle of a seven _year 28 million dollar deal while Eovaldi is on the hook for a four _year 17million dollar deal. Price would bring value in return as would Eovaldi.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The offseason Trying to resign Betts will be a difficult task. New General Manager Chaim Bloom has several decisions to make. With the team goal not to exceed 208 million dollars per year, next year’s team will look totally different. Expect the best outfield in baseball to be broken up. Not to mention a major shakeup of the pitching staff.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resigning Betts will be challenging, but possible. With several holes to fill in the pitching staff and second baseball fans can expect a very exciting offseason.