An Ideal Boston Red Sox Offseason

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This offseason has gotten off to a super slow start for the Red Sox, and pretty much for all the rest of the MLB teams as well. There’s been whispers of Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Abreu, but nothing serious right now. The Sox have yet to make a move, let’s take a look at an ideal offseason for the Boston Red Sox.

1. ADD POWER.
The Red Sox ranked dead last in home runs with a total of just 168 big flies. Sure, some of the key players had down years from a power perspective like Jackie Bradley Jr, Xander Bogaerts, and Mookie Betts, but help seems to be on the way with the call-up of Rafael Devers. In 58 games, Devers hit 10 home runs and batted .284. That looks promising. Nonetheless, his power will help, but the Sox need more.
The Move: Sign J.D. Martinez, 5 years 140 million.

2. Figure out 1B.
Last year, Mitch Moreland was everything you could ask for, minus the average. Moreland batted .246 with 22 home runs. He played great defense, played through a broken toe, and provided some clutch hits along the way. I wouldn’t mind if the Sox resigned him, but I want to see someone better there. No I’m not talking about Hanley Ramirez. He had his shoulder problems which maybe contributed to his down season, and maybe he will bounce back. The big power bat situation to me, kind of dictates what the Sox will do with first base. If it’s Martinez, you very well may see Hanley at first base. Let’s think bigger though. Keep Ramirez at DH. Here’s the move, let’s swing our attention to the Chicago White Sox.

Red Sox trade for Jose Abreu.

The trade:
Red Sox acquire Jose Abreu.
White Sox acquire CF Jackie Bradley Jr., 1B Sam Travis, RHP Heath Hembree, RHP Alex Sherff, and 3B Brett Netzer.

3. Find a temporary 2nd Baseman, until Dustin Pedroia is ready to return.
Dustin Pedroia opted to have left knee surgery earlier this offseason. This leaves the Sox with a big hole at second base as they don’t really have any eye popping replacements. There’s Marco Hernandez, Brock Holt, and Tzu-Wei Lin in-house. On the free agent market, there’s Neil Walker, Brandon Phillips, and Chase Utley. There’s some options here, so the Red Sox will have all the time they need to evaluate this move accordingly.

The Move: Red Sox stay in-house. They give the position to Marco Hernandez, Brock Holt, or Tzu-Wei Lin.

4. Add a bullpen piece.
The Red Sox had a pretty good bullpen last year, but why not make something pretty good, great? The Sox don’t have the Yankees or Indians bullpen, but they do have a pretty good one. There’s one guy on the open market that jumps out to me.

The Move: Red Sox sign Bryan Shaw, 3 years 21 million.

5. Find starting pitching depth.
Last year, the Sox had Doug Fister and Brian Johnson to fill this role. Fister signed with the Texas Rangers earlier this week, so the Sox will need a little more depth to work with. As long as it’s not Henry Owens. Walking the entire place, no command whatsoever, lackluster stuff. Henry Owens shouldn’t even be considered. The Red Sox need someone else they can rely on to go with Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez.

The Move: Red Sox sign Chris Tillman. 1 year, 6 million.

The Full Outlook:

The Lineup:
1. SS Xander Bogaerts
2. CF Andrew Benintendi
3. 1B Jose Abreu
4. RF Mookie Betts
5. LF J.D. Martinez
6. DH Hanley Ramirez
7. 3B Rafael Devers
8. C Christian Vazquez
9. 2B Marco Hernandez

The Rotation
1. LHP Chris Sale
2. LHP David Price
3. RHP Rick Porcello
4. LHP Drew Pomeranz
5. RHP Steven Wright

The Bullpen

CP: Craig Kimbrel
SU: Bryan Shaw
SU: Carson Smith
MR: Tyler Thornburg
MR: Matt Barnes
MR: Joe Kelly
LR: Eduardo Rodriguez

The Bench
UTL Brock Holt
OF   Bryce Brentz
C    Sandy Leon
INF  Deven Marrero

Photo Credit: The Boston Herald

One thing we as Red Sox fans know, Dave Dombrowski isn’t going to just sit around. He’s going to pounce on any move to make his ball club better. The offseason is moving rather slowly, but the Winter Meetings are less than two weeks away. If you’re a baseball fan, that’s the most exciting week in an MLB offseason. Hopefully the action starts to pick up and get rolling there. Big names such as Giancarlo Stanton, Shohei Ohtani, Jake Arrieta, J. D. Martinez, and Eric Hosmer. This offseason is going to be a great one. Once one domino falls, there will be more to follow.

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