The first Red Sox Free Agent acquisition may be right around the corner.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney,
“Some rival evaluators believe the Red Sox and Astros may be best positioned in the discussions for free agent reliever Mike Minor. Both teams have a need for a lefty.” via Buster Olney / Twitter
Minor was drafted 7th overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 2009 Draft and flashed potential as a starter. His career in Atlanta, however, was cut short due to reoccurring injuries – leading to a Minor League deal with Kansas City.
He missed the first year of that contract after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and did not throw a pitch for the Royals in 2016. Upon his return in 2017, he was transitioned to the bullpen where he became a viable weapon.
The left-hander reaches mid-90’s out of the bullpen and posted a career best 2.55 ERA in Kansas City this past season.
The Red Sox should be interested in Minor, due to their lack of lefty options out of the bullpen. In fact, the Red Sox scouted Minor around the Trade Deadline in an attempt to bolster their bullpen before acquiring Addison Reed from the Mets.
Robby Scott is the lone south paw in the bullpen, following the removal of Robbie Ross Jr. from the 40 man roster.
It has been rumored that Brian Johnson will get a look in the bullpen, but it would be best for the Red Sox to pursue a proven option that can wreak havoc on opposing lefties.
Jake McGee, Oliver Perez, Tony Watson, Eric O’Flaherty, and Ian Kroll represent viable left-handed options, in addition to Minor.
Though Robby Scott experienced moderate success, Dave Dombrowski would be wise to bolster his bullpen on the road to a World Series.