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.

 

Why Red Sox Fans Can Expect A Quiet Offseason

Red Sox fans can expect a quiet offseason while preparing for the 2020 season. The organization has three challenges facing them in the next few months. Priority number one is to hire a General Manager to replace Dave Dombroski. Dombrowski was dismissed two weeks after the 2019 season ended.. Priority number two is to resign outfielder Mookie Betts. And goal number three is to find a closer for baseball’s worst bullpen. In this post, we will examine three areas that the Red Sox need to focus this offseason.                                                                                                                                                                                        Why Red Sox Fans Can Expect a Quiet Offseason                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Resign Mookie Betts   Challenge number one this offseason is to resign Mookie Betts. Betts a six _year veteran has played in 794 games a 301 career batting average. One Hundred thirty_ nine home runs and 470 RBIs. Not to mention a 374 OBP.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Betts may not have the numbers that Manny Machado has but posts similar numbers compared to Bryce Harper. Both players signed on ef the most lucrative deals last season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Betts is under contract through the 2020 season for about 20.000,000 per year. One option is to trade Betts for prospects. By trading Betts the Red Sox would land some legitimate Major League prospects.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Option number two is to sign Betts to a long term deal similar to that of Machados and Harpers. Signing Betts would mean a long term deal for at least 30,000,000 per year for ten years. If they were to resign him the club would have restructure contracts of players currently under contract.                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Red Sox have one of the most critical decisions this offseason in the history of the franchise.

Find A Replacement For Dave Dombrowski   Just two weeks after the season the club dismissed  GM Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski the team’s GM since 2016 brought ace Chris Sale and acquired Nathan Eovaldi  midway through last season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Both Sale and Eovoldi played key roles in the 2018 championship. But injuries hampered both players last season.  Some names to keep an eye on are Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and Indians GM Mike Chernoff.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Find A Closer  Not resigning a closer for Craig Kimbrel benefited the Red Sox. Brandon Workman replaced Kimbrel and had a career year 10-1 15 saves. Workman is up for salary arbitration this offseason. Expect the team to resign Workman for 2020.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Notable relievers that could be available are Kelvin Herrera Royals, Joe Jiminez, Jeury’s Familia Mets and Trevor Rosenthal of the Cardinals.                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Upcoming Offseason The 29/20 offseason will be one of the most historic in recent memory. With 60,000,0000 dollars coming off the books it will still be very difficult to go over 208 Million dollars.  Decisions  needs to be made on JD Martinez who can opt _out now despite a seven_ year deal. Priority number one is to find a way to resign Mookie Betts.

Three Free Agent Pitchers Still Available That Could Help The Red Sox In 2019

The 2019 MLB Free Agency season is still very much alive. Thus far, teams have been focusing on pitching primarily relief pitching. Several examples are the Mets acquiring closer Edwin Diaz from Seattle. Relievers Zach Britton, Doug Robertson and Adam Octavio, are all signed for next season. In this article, we will discuss three pitchers still on the market who could bolster the Red Sox bullpen in 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Three Free Agent Pitchers Still Available Who Could Help The Red Sox In 2019                                                                                                                                                                 

Ryan Madson; The nine-year veteran is still one of the most attractive pitchers left on the free agent market. With the loss of setup man, Joe Kelly to the Dodgers Madson is a perfect fit.

For seven million dollars per year, Madson brings a 7-1 postseason record to the table and 1 World Series win under his belt. The Red Sox are very familiar with Madson with his World Series appearances in 2018.

Sergio Romo; If the organization cannot come to terms with Craig Kimbrel the next logical solution maybe Sergio Romo. Romo the former San Francisco Giants pitcher has an impressive 30-31 career record and 109 lifetime saves.      At, thirty- five years old Romo had an effective 2018 posting a 3-4  record and 25 saves. The price for Craig Kimbrel may be too high for the Red Sox to agree on.   Look for Romo to stay in the AL East after spending the last two seasons with Tampa Bay.

Craig Kimbrel; As free agency approaches the end of January, Craig Kimbrel is still available on the open market. The eight_ year veteran compiled a 5-2 record last season plus, 42 saves. Although Kimbrel was inconsistent in the second half he still was a valuable contributor in the postseason.

At the beginning of free agency General Manager, Dave Dombrowski presented Kimbrel with an offer. With Kimbrel seeking a six _year offer, the real picture is a two-year deal. In eight years Kimbrel has a record of 31-19 and 333 career saves.  At this stage of free agency look for Craig Kimbrel to sign elsewhere.

The Red Sox In 2019; So far, this offseason the only notable signings were pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, first baseman Stephen Pearce,. and signed league MVP Mookie Betts to a one-year contract. With free agency waning down, look for the club to add a reliever or two.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Three Trade Scenarios For The Red Sox As Trade Deadline Approaches

The beauty of being a sports fan is following the trade deadline of each major sport. Primarily the trade deadline means that teams in the hunt can gain a player otherwise known as a rental. In this post, we will review three areas which hopefully the Red Sox will address on July 31st.

Three Trade Scenarios For the red sox as the Trade Deadline  Approaches

Move On From Jackie Bradley Jr

As it stands now Bradley is hitting a subpar 200 with 6 home runs and 25 runs batted in.  Make no mistake about it that he is one of the best center fielders in the game. But at the same time, he fails to deliver clutch base hits when needed. Despite the club having the best record in baseball, they will have to get key base hits from the bottom of the order if they expect to keep pace with the Yankees in the AL East..

With the organization lacking prospects Bradley is one chip with marketable trade value. One club who is in need desperately of outfielders is the Marlins. The Marlins are in dead last in the National League East  Two players who could be available are relievers Kyle Barraclough and Drew Stenkenrider.  Barraclough is ranked eighth among relievers with a 6-2 record and a 1.17 ERA, and 8 saves Stenkenrider is 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA, and 1 save.                                         ,

If Bradley continues his weak hitting the club may have no choice but to use Andrew Benintendi as the center and JD Martinez as the everyday left fielder and Mookie Betts in right field.

Help From Within

The first option that General Manager Dave Dombrowski will explore is help from within. Last season, for instance, the team acquired reliever Addison Reed from the Mets.  As it turns out the  Red Sox are in the same position this season.

One prospect to keep an eye on is southpaw Bobby Poyner. During spring training he earned a spot in the bullpen after gaining manager Alex Cora’s trust in spring training. Poyner has been up and down since the beginning of the season Since being sent to Triple _a Pawtucket he has pitched well  Two other possibilities may be left _hander Ty Buttrey and Travis Lakin: Lakin is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA at Portland while Buttrey with a 2.11 ERA at Pawtucket.

Starting Pitching

Most teams at the trade deadline would like to shore up their pitching. Clubs like the Yankees, Cubs and Indians will be active.  Teams with the deep farm systems are usually the clubs who are the most successful at the deadline.   Look for the Yankees to be one of the busiest in a couple of weeks as they are rich with Major League ready prospects.

Despite the Red Sox posting the best record in baseball, there is always a need for an additional starter. Two pitchers who may be available are  Matt Harvey of the Reds and James Shields of the White Sox. Shields is in the last year of a four_year contract and would be a  perfect fit considering his experience.                                                                                                                                                                                      As for Matt Harvey, the longtime Met was released in May, and since being claimed by the Reds he has gone 4-3 with a 3.80 ERA. If Harvey can stay healthy and regain his old form he may turn out to be the best deal on the market.