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.

3 Possibilities For The Red Sox In The 2022 MLB Draft

This weekend is the MLB draft. The three possibilities for the Red Sox in the 2022 MLB draft will be interesting In three Years Chaim Bloom has selected high school infielders. Will this year be any different? My gut feeling is yes. Personally, I would like to see the organization draft starting pitching. Another area of need is a closer. Outfielders with power are always an interesting choice. In this post, we will review three players that may be available with the twenty_fourth Pick.

Dylan Beavers/OF/ California

A towering 6’4″ 295 power hitter. Can play left field, center field, and right field. Would be ideal in Fenway Park. The only issue is will he be available at 24? The team lacks outfield prospects in the system, A native of San Luis Obispo, California.

In two years with the Golden Bears, he has 36 home runs and 107 runs batted in. Plus a 294 batting average. His bonus pool would be over $6,000,000.

Justin Campbell/RHP/ Oklahoma State

A 6’4′ righthander just started to make a name for himself in 2022. Campbell relies on three pitches, a changeup, fastball, and slider. Although he is not known for his velocity, his command deserves respect. He pitched a no_hitter vs Kansas in 2021.

Campbell finished the 2021 campaign going 7-2 with a 2.57 ERA, The enticing thing about Campbell is he is two_way. He also serves as the team’s DH. This would be awful intriguing for Chaim Bloom to consider at 24.

Sterlin Thompson/OF/ Florida

Thompson is your typical Florida product. A versatile athlete with a wealth of upsides. First, he can play both right field and left. also, has spent some time at third base. With the Red Sox thin at the outfield position Thompson would be perfect. a left _handed hitter with a wide _open stance who can hit.

In two seasons with the Gators, Thompson batted 334 with 16 home runs and 78 runs batted in. He also has some speed. Although he is still raw,, they do not have many corner outfielders on the way up.

Conclusion

In, three years, General manager Chaim Bloom has an excellent track record. Whether he drafts another high school prospect remains to be seen. The organization could use an upgrade in the outfield and catching department. Preferably, candidates with, power.

Other notable candidates on the radar are Logan Tanner C Mississippi State, Kevin P Parada, C Georgia Tech, Blake Tidwell RHP Tennessee, and Peyton Pallette RHP Arkansas.

Red Sox OffSeaspn Wish List This Winter

With the World Series in the books, It’s time to examine the Red Sox off _season wish list this winter. MLB Free Agency officially opens for business. The Red Sox list of free agents includes Jose Inglesias, Travis Shaw, Adam Ottavino, Hansel Robles, JD Martinez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Kyle Schwarber. Out of the group, Rodriguez is the most obvious to sign. Currently, Rodriguez has an 8.3 million dollar salary. Rodriguez was the club’s ace in 2021. But with a high ERA of 4.70, the Red Sox may want to consider a cheaper option. Schwarber was acquired at the trade deadline, where he hit 291 with 7 home runs and 18 RBI’s. At 1.5 million, the Sox could say goodbye, to JD Martinez and make Schwarber an everyday outfielder.

Bullpen Issues

Every major league team needs to beef up its bullpen. The Red Sox are no different. In 2021, the club exceeded expectations with 92 wins. The bullpen finished the season with 49 saves second best in the league. The team ERA was a modest4.26 seventh _best in the American League.

The Red Sox payroll stands at 147 million dollars for the 2022 season. That means that they may lose Eduardo RodriguezEduardo Rodriguez. Currently, Rodriguez earns 8 million dollars per year. Look for that to double if he tests the free_ agent market. Potential fer_agents include Liam Hendricks of Oakland, Brad Hand, Toronto, Jake McGee, Colorado, Joakim Soria, and Archie Bradley of the Reds.

With the team’s salary cap issues, I like Brad Hand and Joakim Soria. Forget getting Liam Hendriks. although he saved 38 games last year, his price tag will be too high. As for Hand, he was released last year by the Nationals and claimed by the. Mets.

Starting Pitching Concerns

This is where it gets interesting. This year’s free_agent class is immense. Some notable names are Freddie Freeman, Joc Pederson, Max Scherzer, Kevin Gausman, Michael Pineda, Justin Velrander.

If Rodriguez departs, I like Michael Pineda on a two_year deal. Despite issues with elbow inflammation he would bring solid value.

Option number two would be to release Garrett Richards and Martin Perez. A perfect fit would be Justin Verlander on a one year. My third choice is Robbie Ray. Ray is a gutsy player whose stock has risen. An excellent fastball, slider, and curveball would be ideal in Fenway.

Depth Issues

Overall, the Red Sox roster is stacked. Forget the team going after a big name. One name that would help is Marcus Semien. Semien had a career year belting 45 homers, and knocking in 102 RBI’s, for Toronto. Would be the perfect Fenway hitter. A two_year deal is a possibility until prospect Nick Yorke is ready. The issue is his 18 million dollar salary.

Another upgrade need is the outfield. Danny Santana isn’t enough. Some names to consider are Michael Conforto, and Dodger utility man Chris Taylor.

Conclusion

Team president Chaim Bloom has some work to do. Fans are impatient for another championship. A lot depends on what Rodriguez does. Look for JD Martinez to opt_ out. Kyle Schwarber would be a perfect replacement.

Red Sox Still Alive In The AL East

Despite recent struggles, the Red Sox is still alive in the AL East. After taking two out of three in Seattle, the team has won seven in a row. With eleven games left, it boils down to the starting pitching. Chris Sale is healthy and winning. Nathan Eovaldi is one of the league _best. With a weekend series against the Yankees, the team cannot afford to make silly mistakes. Fundamentals have been a major issue with this team. In this post, we will review the club’s strengths.

Chris Sale Is Healthy And Winning

Since being reactivated with Tommy John surgery, Chris Sale is 5-0. Despite an issue with Covid, the teams’, pitching is its’ strong point. With Sale pitching like Sale, the Red Sox are just as good as anyone.

With, fourteen pitchers, the team is flexible. Garrett Richards has been a shining star. c is healthy from Covid. Rookie Garrett Whitlock is a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year.

The success of the club falls on Chris Sales health. Nathan Eovaldi has been the unit’s ace all year. Eduardo Rodriguez has been inconsistent. A successful postseason depends on the starting pitching.

A Smart Manager In Alex Cora

Despite, a second_ half slide, manager Alex Cora has the club in the thick of the race. The team has rediscovered itself since the Covid outbreak. He has managed to utilize Kyle Schwarber and JD Martinez.

The organization has also gotten convincing performances from its bench. Late _season additions Travis Shaw, Jose Iglesias have contributed significantly. Cora has managed to keep loose and winning. Late game heroics have also benefitted the team.

With thirteen players out with Covid, Alex Cora has the club playing tough hard_ nosed baseball. If the team can play smart baseball, the playoffs will be a success.

The Emergence Of Bobby Dalbec

First baseman Bobby Dalbec has emerged as a quality first baseman. With, early_ season stumbles, Dalbec was Player of the Month for August. With, 23 home runs and 78 rbi’s Dalbec is only getting better. He and Hunter Renfroe continue to get clutch hits.

Defensively, Dalbec continues to shine. Prior to August, he was heavily criticized for not making routine plays. He is clearly the team’s best hitter as of this moment. If the club needs to keep winning, then they need Dalbec to stay hot.

Conclusion

With nine games left, the Red Sox are in a good spot. Sound baseball is the recipe for success. Committing poor base running mistakes and sloppy defense will not get it done.

Red Sox Bullpen Paying Dividends

With the baseball season a quarter of the way over, the Red Sox are game and a half behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. One reason for their early season success is the performance of the bullpen. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the Red Sox bullpen is paying dividends.

Offseason Signings Stepping Up

In the off_ season, the organization shored up the bullpen significantly. Adam Ottavino, Matt Andriese, and Garrett Whitlock have stepped up. Rule 5 pickup Garrett Whitlock has been one of the best relievers in baseball. Ex Yankee Adam Ottavino has been lights out in his last dozen appearances. Right_ hander Matt Andriese has been up and down. If the team wants to retake first place, the bullpen will have to continue to pitch on a high level.

Matt Barnes Having All_ Star Season

The veteran reliever is experiencing an All_Star season In 23 games he is 1-1 with a nifty 2.63 ERA. His 11 saves rank him at the top in MLB. If he stays on his current pace he will be the difference between the club having a winning season. Statistically, the team has a 2.84 ERA the seventh _best in baseball.

Bullpen Has Depth

The unit has been receiving valuable contributions from Darwinzon Hernandez, Hirokazu Sawamura, Phillips Valdez, and Darwinzon Hernandez. Hernandez has been Alex Cora’s most electrifying reliever. At some point, I feel Hernandez will be a starter with his proficiency.

Conclusion

If the team hopes to make the playoffs, it will fall on the pitching. The Red Sox has been enjoying quality starts from Nick Pivetta, Nathan Eovaldi, and Garrett Richards. Richards has turned his season around after a disappointing start. A consistent bullpen is a priority for a rewarding post_season.

Sizing Up Chaim Bloom’s Offseason Transactions.

Now that baseball is officially here, it is time to make predictions. Red Sox General Manager Chaim Bloom didn’t really make any big splashes, but he did enough to keep the team competitive. In this post, we will review Chaim Bloom’s Off_ season Red Sox transactions. If anything, the organization got better. But that remains to be seen.

New _Season Fresh Outlook

In 2020, the organization had the 4th worst record in Major League Baseball. Now a year later the team has rehired Alex Cora. With Alex Cora, the club has several new faces. Key addition,s are Garrett Richards righthanded pitcher, outfielder Hunter Renfroe, right_ handed pitcher Mike Andriese, Relief pitcher Adam Oattavino, utility man Marwin Gonzalez, second_baseman Kiki Hernandez, Right Handed_pitcher Calvin Pritchard,

Granted, these moves are not blockbusters, but good enough to make a solid competitor in the AL East this season. Martin Perez provides depth. With promising prospects Tanner Houck and Bryan Mata on the horizon, the club will make 2021 interesting.

Pitching Is Still Questionable

In 2020, the team had the worst bullpen in baseball. A Major League _high 25 blown saves cost the club a winning season. Manager Ron Roenicke lost his job to Alex Cora. Starters Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez suffered season _ending injuries. Mike Andriese and Adam Ottavino will provide depth.

The primary concern is who will win the closer’s role? The logical candidate is Matt Barnes. Barnes will get competition from Ryan Brasier and Connor Seabold. Seabold came over in the Brandon Workman trade from Philadelphia trade along with Nick Pivetta.

Well Balanced Offense

In 2020 the Red Sox finished with a team average of 265 81 home runs and 278 rbi’s. They also had a 5th best 292 runs scored. Despite impressive numbers they finished with disappointing 24-36 record.

The team added Kiki Hernandez, Hunter Renfroe, and Marwin Gonzalez to the mix. Rookie Bobby Dalbec is the starting first baseman. In23 games with the big club he had 8 home runs and 16 rbi’s in 23 games.

Team Has Plenty Of Depth

The Red Sox have added plenty of depth for the 2021 season. Manager Alex Cora has plenty of options. KiKi Hernandez and Marwin Gonzalez can play both the infield and outfield. Hunter Renfroe can platoon and share the designated hitter responsibility.

Conclusion

With a new season comes hope and optimisim. The organization has young prospects ready to make their mark in the majors. The bullpen added arms and depth. A veteran starting pitcher in Garrett Richards. Red Sox fans have reason to be excited for the upcoming season.

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.

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.