Free Agency Primer: Part 1

Free agency is the most pivotal part of every team’s future.

Teams can be made and set up for life during the free agency period. At the same time, they can dismantle and spell doom for franchises across the league. Some teams can afford to splurge a little more than others, and depending on situations that mainly come down to farm systems and spending money, can really alter how decisions are made.

So where do the Red Sox fit in to all of these situational decisions? In order to save time and attempt to not in-convene, I have compiled a few short lists of players that should be signed, kept away, brought back and let go and will be splitting these lists into four different articles.

Sign Them:

1. Carlos Santana: This is a guy that provides a lot of what this team should be searching for, which is versatility. Granted, he’s 31 years old and is most likely looking for a long term contract, but let’s be real, nobody will be buying into that. In 8 years as a professional, he has only surpassed 85 RBI’s once (And that was only by 2). He isn’t a player a team can build around and certainly doesn’t have that sexy name that the Encarnacion’s and Goldschmidt’s of the baseball world have. BUT, he is a switch hitter, can drive the crap out of the ball and this is a depth player that the Sox can get for cheap when Hanley inevitably forces the club to leave him on the side of the highway and move on.

2. Tyson Ross: Here me out on this one. In 8 professional years, Ross has only started 30+ games in a season twice. The other 6 years, he was either a bullpen pitcher or he was injured (I had him on my fantasy team last year and while searching twitter for answers on the status of his injuries someone asked “Is Tyson Ross still alive?” Yeah, I get it, not good. But I digress.) However, in the two seasons he started 30+ games, he had an ERA of 3.00, a WHIP of 1.2, and a SO/9 of 9.35. These numbers may seem troublesome until you look at what the back end of the 17 Red Sox have done. Porcello, Rodriguez and Fister all have ERAs over 4.00, WHIPs of 1.3+ and a combined record of 22-33. Ross will be cheap, and if healthy can be a pivotal addition to this rotation.


Giancarlo Stanton: This is a move that has been a long time coming although at first I was against it. But lets take a deeper look into the future: 2019 is gearing up to be one of the biggest free agency years ever. Bryce Harper will want a contract that only princes in Saudi Arabia will be able to afford, Devers is (should be) the future at third base which means the Sox should be out on Machado. Among other huge names (Blackmon, Donaldson, Daniel Murphy, Pollock) the Red Sox need to keep up with the competition. Now who can you think of off the top of your head that has the potential to drive in more runs than all of these guys when healthy and isn’t named Mike Trout? The answer is Stanton.

This is a guy that has been salivating at the idea of being on a winning team and is tired of rebuilding. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Stanton has had an MVP caliber season compiling stats not even Albert Pujols has ever achieved. We all knew that he could pile on the home runs but 59 is really something special. In comparison, 2002 was the year Alex Rodriguez hit 57 home runs. The next 8 years he never had less than 30 home runs a season. Okay so Giancarlo is a righty, but if Manny could belt home runs over the monster like it was his job, Stanton should have no issues whatsoever with the same. This is a player that any team would give just about anybody to trade for and rightfully so. As much as I love the young players on the Red Sox, Stanton is someone this team desperately needs.


11 thoughts on “Free Agency Primer: Part 1

  1. Jon Heyman of Fanrags has suggested like you that the Sox could be a surprise team in the Stanton sweepstakes Should the Red Sox make a deal for Stanton, they could, in theory, move current right fielder Mookie Betts over to center field or, though less likely, back to his original second base position should Dustin Pedroia’s persistent knee issues continue to plague him.

    1. I appreciate the comment! Don’t see Betts ever going to second again. I would rather have benintendi than Betts anyway if I had to trade one. Need to keep that lefty bat if we were trading for Stanton.

      1. I never could see Mookie going back to second either. I’d rather have Betts over Benitendi just for his all around game and how he can impact the game both defensively and offensively. Benintendi could became a good outfielder playing in either center of left, but Betts is a better all around player then AB

  2. I like your suggestion of signing Carlos Santana who would be an excellent fit for a team that needs more versatility. Kind of like in 2009 when Sox traded for Victor Martinez of the Indians.
    Tyson Ross is too injury prone, perhaps signing him to a minor league deal could make sense as rotation depth. I know the Sox were interested in him previously. (Good idea)
    Stanton, while bringing power also brings with him a HUGE contract that would clog up the Red Sox for years to come. I’d rather keep young core intact and try and sign JD Martinez who could bring with him the power that Stanton has as well, positional versatility (DH/1st/OF) than Stanton

    1. I appreciate the comment! I don’t believe JD Martinez is the answer. Stanton has a lot more power and is a more frightening batter than Martinez from the opposing viewpoint. The contract would be worth it as he could be DH down the line.

      1. I see what you’re saying but I’d rather pay Martinez the money and his potential positional flexibility of playing multiple positions is more beneficial to the Red Sox.
        If the Sox were to acquire Stanton you’d be looking at a player/prospect package led by potentially of Benintendi/JBJ or both Jay Groome, Sam Travis just to name a few. Plus Stanton’s contract would constrict the team for years to come.
        Again rather pay the money for Martinez then deal away players/prospects for Stanton

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