Time For A Red Sox Roster Reconstruction

With, the trade deadline Tuesday it’s time for a Red Sox roster reconstruction. After 102 games and in dead last in the AL East, the Sox are virtually out of the playoffs, Beginning with the pitching staff starters Nathan Eovaldi, Rich Hill, and Michael Wacha, all went down with injuries. Positional Players Rafael Devers, and JD Martinez also suffered serious injuries. In this post, we will discuss three areas in which the organization needs to address at the trade deadline.

Upgrade The Catching Department

Starting catcher Christian Vazquez is having a career year. He is holding a 280/324OBP/754OPS/ line. Not to mention 19 doubles. His counterpart Kevin Plawecki is less productive. He has a dismal 187/3114OBP/655OPS. With run production, a serious issue Plawecki may be on the move.

Vazquez has been the centerpiece of trade talks as of late. One team showing interest is the Mets. They need a full -time catcher and a proven bat such as Martinez. The Mets would be the perfect trading partner for Boston with its rich young prospect depth.

Proven Starting Pitcher

Every team is looking for a starting pitcher. Two names to keep an eye on are Noah Sydaguard and Zack Grienke. Syndergaard is 37 and still effective. In 15 games this year, he is 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA. Not too shabby for an underperforming Angels club.

Zack Greinke of the Royals is another player on the radar. At 38 years old, he is 3-6 with a 4.35 for a lowly Royals club. Either pitcher would be inexpensive and still dependable. Searching for a younger starter would be costly, something the Red Sox would hesitate on.

Help At The Corners

The Red Sox outfield has been a mess this year. Jackie Bradley has spent most of 2022 in right field. kike Hernandez, the team’s full -time center fielder went down early in the season. Since the injury Jarren Duran has taken over in his absence. Lack of power from both Bradley and Duran has been a problem. A change in the outfield would be beneficial to the everyday lineup.

Conclusion

Despite the injuries, In terms of talent. the year 2022 has been disappointing. Chaim Bloom had a poor offseason acquiring very little in terms of talent. Designated hitter JD Martinez is the subject of trade talk. Long -time catcher Christian Vazquez is also on the block. With the team in last place, they need to get back to fundamentals. Making a deal or two will not bring back this club to the level it needs to be at. Free agent Trevor Story has been a huge disappointment.

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.