The Boston Red Sox have money to spend this offseason after resetting their luxury tax in 2020.
This feasibility is quite important, especially if the underlying uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 epidemic causes prices to fall in the open market. But it hardly guarantees that the Red Sox will flex their financial muscle in free agency, as Boston may be the best thing to do in the margins, targeting low-cost business acquisitions and the last spot in American agriculture. Building the system. League East.
Nevertheless, this is the Red Sox we are talking about. They will undoubtedly be associated with the biggest fish of the free agency pond. And Athletic Jim Boden, a former Major League Baseball general manager, is already throwing imaginary hooks in the water.
Boden predicted contracts for 25 of MLB’s top free agents in a piece published on Tuesday. He also listed the “best fit” for each player, possibly taking into account the team’s needs, payroll conditions, contender status and so on.
The Red Sox were cited as the “best fit” for 10 (!) Players, highlighting the shortcomings of Boston’s roster after a disappointing 2020 campaign and the unpredictability around the franchise as both Cham Bloom Baseball officer preparing to navigate second-year head.
10 players (according to Boden’s rank):
Trevor Bauer, SP (2)
George Springer, OF (3)
DJ Lehmahu, 1B / 2B / 3B (4)
Liam Hendrix, RP (8)
Marcus Strowman, SP (9)
Masahiro Tanaka, SP (10)
Brad Hand, RP (14)
Tazuan Walker, SP (19)
Kolten Wong, 2B (20)
Blake Trenin, RP (25)
This is clearly an extremely wide net, with the intensity of Boden’s contractual estimates varying greatly. He believes that Bauer could get a five-year, $ 135 million deal, for example, while Wong could pay a one-year, $ 7 million. Very different expense, clearly.
The entire piece is worth a read – click here – but it is more or less the hammer home point that Boston’s rotation, bullpen, outfield and second base have to answer for.
And while, again, the most logical long-term game may be to avoid spending lavishly in the coming months, theoretically the Red Sox approach this in many ways in an effort to be more competitive in 2021 and beyond. Can do.
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