With the 2017-2018 offseason almost upon us, let’s take a look how Boston can improve their offense for next year:
Trade Jackie Bradley Jr.:
With J.D. Martinez up for free agency, Giancarlo Stanton seemingly on the block, and Justin Upton’s ability to opt out of the rest of his contract, all these outfielders could provide a serious boost to any team. The problem is: the Red Sox already have a full outfield. With Betts being one of the best players in baseball and Benintendi being one of the most promising players in all of baseball, Jackie Bradley is the odd man out. With Betts playing a superb Right Field (and previously Center Field) the Red Sox could easily slide Betts over to replace him. While Jackie Bradley’s fielding may sorely be missed, his offense can leave something to be desired.
With a salary of only 3.6 million, the Red Sox could use Bradley as a main piece in a Giancarlo Stanton trade. If that doesn’t pan out, the Red Sox could always use him to acquire Jose Abreu from the White Sox and sign one of J.D. Martinez or Justin Upton, or of course look for in-house options. (I’m looking at you, Blake Swihart.)
Sign One of Eric Hosmer or Mike Moustakas:
According to FanGraphs, Eric Hosmer was the 17th most valuable hitter in baseball last year. With 1st basemen not in high demand, Hosmer could slip to the Red Sox and provide an immediate boost to a position previously belonging to Mitch Moreland. With a short right field fence in Fenway, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a career high in homeruns for him.
With what seems to be a constantly injured Hanley Ramirez and with not a lot of depth to replace him, the DH spot frankly hasn’t been close to what Boston is used to seeing. With 38 home runs with the Royals last year, Moustakas had more home runs than Bogaerts, Benintendi, and Pedroia combined. Moustakas could easily support and reinforce Boston’s frail offense. Moustakas could be a sneaky pickup for Boston who will look to replace their departing first baseman.
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Trade, Platoon/Bench Dustin Pedroia:
If Dustin Pedroia’s age and injuries aren’t worrisome enough, his declining defense and hitting should have you considering other options. Which is why the Red Sox should trade for Dee Gordon. While the power numbers may not be there, the high average, speed combo from Gordon could be exactly what the Red Sox need in a leadoff hitter. With Miami currently looking to drop their salary to 90MM this offseason, Gordon’s 10 million dollar pay day next year may allow Boston to swoop him up relatively cheaply, assuming they cover his contract.
Another option for Boston would be to platoon him with Jed Lowrie in case of an injury. Lowrie experienced somewhat of an offensive renaissance in 2017 with the Oakland Athletics and should be able to be acquired cheaply from the rebuilding A’s.
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