The Red Sox have missed the playoffs in the last two seasons, including a last place finish in the AL East in 2020. Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom will likely be among the most aggressive executives in the game this winter.
“I think we need to put ourselves into position to make as many moves that further that goal of having a consistently competitive championship-caliber team as we can,” said Bloom. “We do that by being very active in conversation. We do that by making sure that we’re covering every possibility or at least as many possibilities as we can. Regardless of whether that turns into two moves or 20 moves, we just need to be ready.”
The Red Sox will be in the market for the type of impact arms who can make their 24-36 finish from 2020 a distant memory.
The Red Sox were 13th of 15 AL teams with an ERA of 5.34 in 2020. Chris Sale will miss a few months due to Tommy John surgery. Eduardo Rodriguez is questionable as he comes back from myocarditis (inflammation of the heart). That leaves only Nathan Eovaldi as the only remaining starter they know what to expect from. Will the Red Sox be in the Trevor Bauer sweepstakes this year? Or maybe they will look to try a reunion with Jon Lester at a cheaper price.
While the starters had the 13th best ERA, the bullpen finished 14th of the 15 AL teams with an ERA of 5.79. Unless they are sold on Matt Barnes as they viable closer they need to find a closer. They have picked up Darwinzon Hernandez: The future closer of the Boston Red Sox. If Bloom is thinking big he will look to Liam Hendriks, who has a 1.79 ERA while saving 39 games over the last two seasons, this offseason. He could also go after Brad Hand.
Red Sox Second Base
The Red Sox haven’t had stability at second base as Dustin Pedroia has played 9 games in three seasons. Don’t look for Pedroia to play again. Bloom will see if he can find a solution. Will they go after DJ LeMahieu? Would he switch sides in the rivalry. The Yankees extended him a qualifying offer, which means signing him would require Draft compensation.
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