This is the latest entry in MLBTR’s 2017-18 Offseason In Review series. Click here to read the other completed reviews from around the league.
With the big exception of a prominent new slugger, the Red Sox will head into 2018 with largely the same roster that won them the AL East last season.
Major League Signings
- J.D. Martinez, OF/DH: Five years, $110MM (deal contains player opt-out clauses after the second, third, and fourth seasons; Red Sox can potentially convert fourth and fifth seasons into mutual options)
- Mitch Moreland, 1B: Two years, $13MM
- Eduardo Nunez, IF: Two years, $8MM (Nunez can exercise $2MM buyout and opt out of contract after 2018)
- Total spend: $131MM
Trades And Claims
- Acquired cash considerations from the Pirates for outfielder Bryce Brentz
Notable Minor League Signings
- Addison Reed, Chris Young, Rajai Davis, Doug Fister, Blaine Boyer, Fernando Abad, Robbie Ross, Josh Rutledge, Henry Owens, Ben Taylor
Red Sox 25-Man Roster & Minor League Depth Chart; Red Sox Payroll Overview
It isn’t a stretch to say that Boston’s entire offseason revolved around a single player. While the Red Sox did their due diligence by checking in on some other big free agent bats (such as Carlos Santana, Eric Hosmer, and Logan Morrison), J.D. Martinez had long seemed like a natural fit, particularly given his past association with Dave Dombrowski. As well, Martinez’s numbers over the last four seasons — .300/.362/.574 with 128 homers — set him apart as the consistent, elite bat that the Sox were lacking last season in the wake of David Ortiz’s retirement.
It did take a while for the deal to be struck, both because agent Scott Boras was surely trying to find at least one more big-money suitor for his client and because the Red Sox saw no reason to offer anything close to Boras’s initial $200MM asking price for Martinez given the lack of competition. The Diamondbacks were the only other team that seemed like a serious consideration for Martinez, but even they were a longshot due to a lack of payroll flexibility.
Even once a deal was struck, it still took another week for contractual terms to be fully worked out, resulting in quite a bit of flexibility for both sides. Martinez can opt out of the deal after the 2019, 2020, and 2021 seasons, while the Red Sox can turn the contract’s final two years into mutual options should Martinez spend significant time on the DL due to injuries related to the Lisfranc foot problem that sidelined him for part of the 2017 campaign. These terms reflect some extra caution for a franchise that has been burned on several expensive free agent signings in recent years, and if Martinez plays well enough to opt out at the first opportunity, the Red Sox would have to feel pretty satisfied at getting elite production on what would become a two-year, $50MM commitment without having to worry about a decline on the contract’s back end.
Martinez will spend most of his time as a designated hitter, occasionally stepping into some corner outfield duty to spell Andrew Benintendi or Jackie Bradley Jr. against left-handed pitching. Bradley was himself the subject of some trade speculation this winter, though the Sox never seemed particularly keen on the idea of moving a controllable player who offers outstanding baserunning and defense, plus some above-average hitting numbers in the past. With Martinez willing to accept a role as the primary DH (but also eager to improve upon his recent poor showing as a defender), the Red Sox were able to both upgrade their lineup while also keeping their elite defensive outfield formation of Benintendi/Bradley/Mookie Betts intact.
While Boston had been linked to several first base names earlier in the offseason, the team made the somewhat surprising move (two months before signing Martinez) of bringing Mitch Moreland back into the fold on a two-year deal. Moreland provides solid numbers against right-handed pitching and a very good glove at first base, but his contract landed a fair sight higher than other, similarly productive first basemen. In any event, he’ll now participate in some sort of timeshare with Hanley Ramirez at first, with Ramirez also seeing time at DH when Martinez is in the field.
Also returning to the infield mix is Eduardo Nunez, who will eventually settle into a utilityman role but will suit up as Boston’s starting second baseman for at least the first few weeks of the regular season. Dustin Pedroia is hopeful that his recovery from knee surgery will allow him to return a bit earlier than the originally-projected seven-month timeframe, but if not, the Sox now have a very solid replacement at the keystone in Nunez. With Marco Hernandez out until May due to shoulder surgery, Nunez will provide the Sox with some valuable infield depth, including at third base should Rafael Devers have a sophomore slump.
Dombrowski has spoken in the past about how Boston’s established pitching staff makes it hard for the club to attract notable veterans as minor league depth, as those pitchers prefer to join teams that provide clearer opportunities to win big league jobs. This particular issue could become an early problem for the Sox given that two members of their projected starting five could now begin the season on the disabled list. Drew Pomeranz’s spring work was delayed by a mild flexor strain, and it isn’t known if he’ll be ready by Opening Day. Meanwhile Eduardo Rodriguez and sixth starter Steven Wright were already expected to start the year on the DL as they continue to recover from knee and shoulder surgeries, respectively.
While none of these seem like terribly long-term problems, it isn’t a good sign given that Pomeranz and Rodriguez have both dealt with multiple injury concerns in the past. David Price is also looking to return to health (and effectiveness) after a 2017 season marred by elbow problems. With Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez currently representing Boston’s top starting pitching depth options, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Sox make a signing later this spring or even into April — especially should Pomeranz, Rodriguez or even Wright experience a setback. Some pretty significant names still remain in the free agent pitching market at this late stage. It’s also possible that starting pitching could be targeted as needed at the trade deadline.
Turning to the relief corps, Robby Scott is the only left-hander currently projected as a member of Boston’s Opening Day bullpen, with Roenis Elias and rookie Williams Jerez also representing southpaw options on the 40-man roster. Beyond that pair, 25-year-old Bobby Poyner has opened some eyes in camp, per MLB.com’s Ian Browne (via Twitter). The Sox didn’t make a particular push to add any relief help this winter given that they already have several pen options on hand, and while Elias could re-emerge after an injury-plagued 2017, left-handed relief could be another area to watch come the July trade deadline.
Between Moreland at first base and Martinez at DH, it remains to be seen how big a factor Ramirez will be this season, and the playing-time arrangement could make it difficult for Ramirez to reach the 497 plate appearances he requires for his $22MM option for 2019 to vest. Ramirez’s three years in Boston have seen him sandwich an excellent 2016 season in between disappointing performances in 2015 and 2017, so it’s hard to know what to really expect from the veteran slugger this season. New manager Alex Cora still sees Ramirez as a major part of the team’s lineup, and since Ramirez underwent shoulder surgery last October, it could be that his bat will reawaken now that he’s healthy. The odds are good, though, that the organization will not allow his option to vest even if he’s healthy and productive.
While many big-market teams looked to get under the $197MM luxury tax threshold this offseason, as the Red Sox did last year, Boston will once more sail over the tax line with just over $237MM in projected salary for 2018. Quite a bit of money will come off the books after the season (Ramirez if his option doesn’t vest, plus Pomeranz and Craig Kimbrel will be free agents), though several key players on the roster will absorb a lot of that freed-up money in the form of arbitration raises. While the Sox clearly have an internal budget, they haven’t shown much hesitation in spending heavily to remain competitive. Having recently re-set their tax rate, the Red Sox likely won’t weigh CBT considerations too heavily, though they are close to pushing their payroll high enough to trigger some additional penalties.
It was a pretty quiet winter overall for the Red Sox, as they didn’t really have too many glaring needs to fill on an already-deep roster. Cora’s hiring, a renewed focus on analytics, and better luck avoiding the injury bug could be all Boston needs to revive a lineup that had trouble hitting the ball out of the park last year, though obviously Martinez’s addition will greatly help in the thunder department. The other question is if the Sox did enough to keep pace in the division, as the back-to-back AL East champs now find themselves as underdogs against a Yankees team that became even more fearsome this winter.
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I thought in actuality, JDM gets $60m if he opts out in two years. In any event, rebound years from many hitters along with an expected big year from Carson Smith as the bridge to Kimbrel or even the 9th inning guy if Kimbrel is used earlier should mean a big year If the starting staff stays healthy and strong all season. Pick a starter as good as they are and there are flags. With Sale, it’s his stamina into August and beyond, Porcello has consistency issues and the rest have injury concerns.
It’s 25-25-20-20-20 to get to the $110M total.
Should check in on the news out of Red Sox camp. Interesting stuff going on. Price was quoted as saying things he’s “never seen in his career”. Considering he had Joe Maddon as a manager, that says something.
Cora is really easing these pitchers into camp. They are trying to get Sale started off slow (though he sucks at it cause he came out throwing 96 the other day in the 1st inning). This way he lasts further into the season. Farrell also let him go 8 some innings when he will go 7 this year with Smith in the bullpen (can always add some middle relief help for the bridge if that goes badly). He’s probably going to pitch to contact more early in games.
Porcello has been working with Lowe. I don’t have much faith in him, but if there’s anyone that’s gonna tell you how to get the sinker right at Fenway, no one kept it down there much better than Derek Lowe. Hopefully he can help him find consistency. Reason for optimism yes. Reason to draft Porcello as an important piece of your rotation in fantasy? No. He’s not a Cy Young caliber pitcher. He just won the award. But he can be rock solid if hes on.
Price looks like hes back with a new attitude. His velocity is back up. He’s looking good. After his work in the post-season last year and his early reports in camp, I think Price will be good for 150 innings of 3.50 era ball. He always has been and he seems less intimidated by the media this year. Takes everyone time in Boston. Even some greats.
Pomeranz has quietly been the most consistent pitcher the last few years. Hopefully he can get back on the field soon.
I mean that’s a pretty solid 4 that anyone would be pretty happy with. Concerns are valid based on last season, but there’s so much talent that its hard for it to not be a top 10 rotation. I wouldn’t go top 5 but 8-10 seems about right.
I think the Sox will need to find a way to sign or trade for some depth at some point in the season. But there’s a trade deadline for that and they may be able to just add a bullpen piece if one of Rodriguez or Wright can come back semi-healthy. Wish they could add an inning eater though.
Barnes, Elias, Hembree, Maddox, Poyner, Scott, and possibly Thornburg (if and when he’s healthy) should collectively help Boston improve their middle relief. After that group of guys, Boston should have one of the better backend duos in Carson Smith and Craig Kimbrel…
I fully expect a couple of those first 7 pitchers to have standout seasons, and Boston will need them to if they are going to make a long, sustainable playoff run. I think the three guys that will truly breakout could be Hembree, Maddox, and Poyner…Those three, if healthy, should help solidify the 6th and 7th innings for the Red Sox..They just need to get the ball in the hands of Smith and Kimbrel..Once that’s done, 9 times out of 10, Boston will win the game..
Regardless though, the bullpen will need to step up in a big way. The Red Sox’s starting rotation is already fighting the injury bug, and it certainly won’t get any better as the season wears on.
Sale, Porcello, Price, and Pomeranz are all going to be seeing a decrease in their IP per start..This way, the coaching staff can do their best to keep those guys healthy for a long postseason run..So, here again, this is where those middle relief guys are going to remain vital for the Red Sox’s success…
It’ll be interesting to see if Boston adds another starter, whether it’s just a minor league quality depth addition, or a true #4-#5 quality starter addition…
I was pretty spruced they didn’t try to target a guy like Lance Lynn, a pitcher you could count on to pitch every 5 games, and one that will give you a quality outing (6 or more IP while allowing 3 or fewer ER), start after start..
Their position players are just about all studs, and they’ll put up plenty of offense, so that’s not really an issue. Not to mention, Boston has several younger core players like Betts, Devers, Benintendi, Bogaerts, Travis, JBJ, and even Swihart, who will all be looking to improve upon their efforts from last season.
Also, by adding a guy like JDM, this will help everyone in Boston’s line-up. He will instantly provide a positive impact directly to the guy that’s going to be hitting in front of him, by providing him with much better protection than he had last season..He will positively impact the players hitting behind him as well, and like I said, he just deepens their lineup as a whole…
If I’m Cora, I think I’m primarily trotting out the following lineup:
3. JD Martinez
7. Bradley Jr.
Top to bottom, it’s a very complete and versatile line-up..It will be even better once Pedroia gets back..Either way though, the currently constructed line-up has a good mixture of speed, power, contact, players with good instincts, and it has players with the ability to make fundamentally sound, small-ball, winning plays…
The line-up possesses players that aren’t afraid to go deep into counts, players that will sacrifice their at-bat to move a man over, and guys that add value with their solid baserunning abilities…
Other than JDM, Boston does not have a bunch of flashy, huge power mashers like Stanton and Judge, but this Boston team should be able to sustain longer rallies by advancing runners over, getting singles and doubles, stealing bases, and then occasionally putting up some big numbers with timely HR’s.
By all accounts, this is honestly one of the better all-around line-ups I’ve seen in quite some time..!! The Yankees, and the rest of the AL East, they are definitely going to have their hands full navigating their way through this line-up!!
How do those Braves stack up against the Mets-Nats?
ask again in 2 years
Do’t ever think the Sox have been known to tear up the base paths!
I also left out the big concern with Devers in the field.
Top to bottom sox have best roster in baseball. No excuses
As a Red Sox fan may I remind you about the Astros, the World Series winners who got even stronger in the offseason.
Not to mention the Cubs,Dodgers,Nats,Indians,and the Yankees. If I was gonna go up and down rosters it’s the Astros,with the Cubs close.
The Cubs bullpen puts them down quite a bit, I’d put then below dodgers, nationals, and Yankees.
the cubs still have a great bullpen though
The Yankees starting pitching isn’t that great
Huston is by far the best team right now
4.Sox though I’m not sold on there starting pitching like some
5.Cubs & yanks
Sorry the “O” didn’t register
i would say astros, dodgers, yankees, indians, cubs, nationals, then red sox
How do you put the Yankees so high when there starting pitching is not that great big names but a lot of injuries
Ya I get they will put up a lot of runs but they will give up a lot also
that’s what she said
Cubs with no identified closer…..”great bullpen”?
Exactly. Unless they can get Holland on a short term or trade an OF and prospects for Colome, they are really taking a gamble going into the season with no definite closer.
Their rotation has too many questions for that claim. Granted Sale is the equivalent of two pitchers on some teams.
Houston sorry “O” didn’t register
What about the Twinkies? Lance Lynn baby!
Got JD on a reasonable deal, retained Nunez. I would like to see more SP depth, even if it’s Hellickson or Chris Smith
I think the team should be a lot better than it is for $237M in payroll.
They won the most competitive division in baseball last year…I mean, how much better are they supposed to be?
Not lose in the first round in back to back years?
Playoffs are a crapshoot. I’ll take the 162-game sample size over the 5-game sample size.
To the World Series winner.
Little confused by the above comments:
Best roster in baseball? I’m not even sure how to respond to that. If anything, the Red Sox as a whole aren’t really a well balanced team.
Got JD on a reasonable deal? Hmm. Again, not sure how to respond to that.
I’m a baseball fan first and remain impartial when talking with other fans, but one thing that always amuses me about Red Sox fans is that you all have some dang good Kool aid up there…That’s for sure.
Love the optimism in many of the above notes. Truth is each team has question marks and my comments on “my team” were meant as an objective assessment.
Optimism is one thing and I’m right there with you.
Saying getting JD a one dimensional player as a deal is a big stretch. Best roster in baseball. I can think of 5 right off the top of my head that are fundamentally better (sadly for Sox fans the Yanks have a far better and balanced roster).
Teams don’t win on paper. Yankees have power and a great bullpen but they have their own issues. Judge was phenomenal but played well above expectations. Will he and Severino have sophomore slumps? Can Bird stay healthy. Will C.C. continue his resurrection? Will this be the year that Tanaka’s elbow puts him out? You gotta love the Yankees’ youngsters but not all of them will play well in the majors. Should be a fun year, especially for a Sox fan living on Long Island.
Yanks balanced? Severino, Gray and pray. That’s the rotation. Gray was horrible in YS. Monty can’t pitch more than 4 innings. CC is 1 hot dog away losing his knee. Betances is done. His decline began 2 years ago and ended with him on the bench in the ALCS.
Agree. The one major glaring hole I see with the Yanks is a major lack of speed.
Perhaps a trade for Billy Hamilton could solve that.
how would Severino have a sophomore slump? he wasn’t a rookie last year…
CC provides a veteran presence on this staff and from his stats last year, had a pretty good year for an older guy “one hotdog from losing his knee”!
Monty in his freshman year in the majors was pulled more often by Girardi early, and used his first year as experience. Expectations are that he can be more than competent.
Betances did have a rough end to his year but expectations are that he is young enough to correct and be as successful as in past years.
Finally in speaking of HOT DOGS! enough said!
I think you meant *subjective*
Kind of a blanket statement. You referring to all Red Sox fans? Kool Aid?
Maybe you aren’t as informed as enlighten as you claim.
I agree he says he’s open minded but yet the Yankees starting pitching is there biggest weakness so what they will scorer a lot of runs but they will give up just as many
So, actually, not impartial… got it.
A lot was made during the offseason about the Red Sox being last in hitting home runs. Personally, I don’t think that really mattered. That said with JDM batting 3rd or clean up I think we can all expect an offense boost for the Sox. But hitting won’t be the issue. The starting rotation is one huge question mark and any injury will cause problems with the lack of depth. If the injury is to Sale then I couldn’t begin to predict the panic in Boston.
I actually think the opposite. I think pitching will again prop them up. I mean let’s face it, the Red Sox massively overperformed last season. With that offense, it should have been a 75 win team. No argument at all. Chris sale and their bullpen basically were worth that 15+ wins. I just don’t think JD is going to do it alone. I could totally see him hitting 26-30 homers, down from last year. Maybe some bounce back from Bradley, but I think the Sox missed the boat selling high on him (again).
Red Sox went 93-69 last year; their pythagorean record was…wait for it….93-69. So no, they weren’t a 75-win team “with that offense.” They finished 6th in the Al in runs scored.
Over performed? Betts, Bogearts, Hanley all had career low years. That’s a 1/3 of their starting offense.
He means they won more games than they should have.
Yes, but if you look at the runs scored and runs allowed, they should have won 93 games. Which they did. So his premise is flawed.
Most position players underperformed at the plate all year. So no.
With the addition of JDM, Mookie will return to 2016 form and people outside of Boston will realize that he is the best overall RF in the game.
There’s two better RF in the same division.
Please note how I said overall, and not just home runs. Take a look at Mookie’s 2016 numbers and you’ll see he had a higher WAR then Staton or Judge has ever had.
He might have reached his peak in 2016 but right now he’s not better.
I agree 2017 Stanton and 1st half Judge were better players then Mookie was in 2017, however their 2017 was not better then Mookie’s 2016. And in my original statement I said with the addition of JDM, Mookie will return to 2016 form, thus being better then Judge and Stanton
He reached hi peak as a then 24YO and is right now all of 25?
Not the biggest fan of all this analytical stuff, but that’s what teams are swearing by now and Bett’s 2016 WAR was 9.5. More than Stanton has ever put up his entire career and higher than Judge’s value last year, his rookie season.
EASY to see why.. Betts is best RF with the glove in the AL for sure, probably the game from defensive runs saved and both Stanton/judge are defensive liabilities which also figures into WAR values.
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Mookie reached his peak at 23 years old(2016) and doesn’t have a chance to bounce back, but Aaron Judge who is currently 25 years old (almost 26) is going to bounce back from a disaster second half, and a close to below average post season because he’s young and new to the league?
I don’t think people realize how bad Aaron Judge’s second half really was. His numbers resemble that of Chris Carter’s 2016, and do you know what those numbers got Chris Carter in the offseason, they got him non tendered by the Brewers.
As a baseball fan I want Aaron Judge to succeed it’s good for the game, it’s good for the Red Sox / Yankee rivalry. But it’s frustrating that so many Yankee fans are quick to say Judge is a beast, Greg Bird will finally put it together. but when any other team’s fans (especially Red Sox fans) say the same about their players they all call them out for being delusional.
People forget Judge only started hitting again in September, when rosters expanded. Check out some of the pitchers he took deep.
The majority of Judges homers came in low leverage situations. He really wasn’t all that clutch last year. He hit a lot of bombs when they were up or down by 4 runs off of the low leverage relievers. This is fact
That is dumb and irrelevant when he hit his HR’s,if even true.
Lol…Welcome to the world of sports rivalries…It’s the same between Dodgers and Giants fans, and other significant division rivalries. The same goes for rivalries in other sports, for example: Cowboys and Eagles fans, Cavs and Warriors fans, UGA and Florida fans, Ohio State and Michigan fans, Bama and Auburn fans, 49ers and Seahawks fans, Steelers and Ravens fans, and last but not least, you have the delirious arguments between Patriots fans and all other football fans…lol
Most fans are “homers,” and no matter how valid your argument is, they’ll never admit to being wrong. Regardless what you say, or whatever statistical proof you confront them with, their team is the superior one, and their favorite team’s players are just better…
I find it hilarious, and it is what makes the comments section, on sites like this one, so hilarious and entertaining to read…
Hey brohard reigning NL MVP and runner up AL MVP…Nuff said!
Mookie was the AL MVP runner up in 2016, your point being?
“Stanton and Judge are defensive liabilities”???????
The usual bull_hit from Mr. Baseball – AKA Johnsilver!
*current not past* I read your original points and the “If’s” in them.
Love the breakdowns by Braves and Blue Jays fans also. They have nothing to do but wish they had Stanton-Judge!
Right there is the ifs in them. It’s the beginning of a new year. And predictions have to be made, because as exciting as Spring Training is we all know that it doesn’t matter how you perform in ST, it only matters what you do during the actual season.
My prediction is Mookie returns to 2016 form. .315 avg 30 HRs, 120 RBI, 23 SB all while playing the best defensive RF
Stanton will reproduce his 2017 numbers spending most of his time at DH so fielding metrics won’t apply.
Judge isn’t as abysmal as his second half was, but still fails to live up to hype .250 avg and fails to eclipse 30 HRs, while playing a positive DRS RF.
OK then,if we’re gonna make predictions.
Stanton- .280 45HR 120RBI
Judge- .275 40HR 105RBI
Mookie- .290 20HR 90RBI
But it’s relevant. I’d rather my star hit his homers in high leverage, rather then low leverage. Judge was well above the league average in games that were out of hand.
Not just Bradley and Mookie. Bogaerts played with a bad wrist and the team just needs a full year from Pedroia and Nunez. They can’t be out at the same time. Also, AB looks like a beast with his added muscle. He’s the key in my view as to the offense. Betts will respond as will Bogaerts to a lesser degree. JBJ defense will carry him and his offense is a bonus. Will AB have a sophomore jinx year or explode as others have written?
Why don’t we just not play this season and hand over the WS trophy right now.
We’ve got “beasts”, Nunez the savior, and explosions of offense happening.
If I was the rest of the league, I’d quit now!
I gave them an ‘A’ mainly because I really like the hiring of Alex Cora.
Agree. It’s interesting that Cora is not considered a “signing” above. I know this is really about the roster and managers can only make so much of a difference, but I do think he is going to have a huge influence on this still-very-young team. His approach is the polar opposite of Farrell’s, not only at the plate, but by stacking starters and allowing more rest for the long haul. His addition probably deserved more than I brief mention at the bottom of an overview like this.
Someone I know well in baseball tells me he is very intelligent and really uses a good combination of analytics and common sense. He relates well to players.
I wouldn’t give them an A for that but I think signing of Cora could be a plus. Not the media push that signing a Puerto Rican manager is a sign of change, but rather he apparently showed he’s an analytical thinker during his time with the Astros. I think he has great potential as a manager and I hope it pans out.
I’m really not sure how anyone could grade this less than a B, and I still have yet to go through the comments. I’m guessing missing a starter maybe? Or hiring a rookie manager? I’ll have to see.
The Sox set a target on JD Martinez and hit their mark. To me that makes it an automatic “C” if you believe JD is a 20+ million dollar player.. The fact that the Red Sox got him on the deal they did and one that could effectively wind up being a 2 year deal if he plays well enough, you gotta push this off-season up to a B. Add in signing Moreland to put another lefty bat in the lineup against righties and Nunez stepping in while Pedroias injured and then going back to being one of the best super utility type players in the business. Throw in Cora who is going to make the killer B’s more aggressive at the plate and on the basepaths? I could see those who argue this off-season as an A. The Sox did everything they really wanted to do outside of sign a depth starter and while I don’t believe in him at all, Brian Johnson IS killing it this spring, so I can’t really fault them for giving him another shot considering he had some success last season if that’s the route they go. Hope he proves me wrong.
Anytime you have a poll, some people are just going to be ridiculous and ruin the overall results. However, even still, the general consensus of the poll, typically, still reflects the thoughts and views of the general public..
Personally, I gave the Red Sox off-season a B. Obviously, we cannot truly grade their off-season moves, until the season is over, but overall, I think they did a solid job. To earn an A, I think they would have had to sign a guy like Lance Lynn or Alex Cobb, someone to round out their rotation, and provide the team with some insurance in case one of their top 4 guys succumbs to injury..Also, they could have added another arm for their bullpen, but I actually liked the fact they are attempting to build their bullpen depth from within. I think they have the talent in-house to form a sustainable and successful unit. However, I’m not so sure the majority of other baseball fans see things the same way..
My concerns with the Red Sox is a few things…..
1. Lack of starting pitching depth. …This is obvious, what if Price isn’t Price anymore? E-Rod and Steven Wright are both out and still injured….It’s just an area of concern
2. Left handed specialist is needed in the bullpen
3. Veteran presence to spell Devers and to mentor him specifically at 3rd. He may not be ready to do the job everyday we will see…..