The Red Sox Dilemma
The Boston Red Sox have had rumors swirling since the offseason started. The New York Yankees are doing everything, and it feels like Beantown is just covering their eyes. During the Winter Meetings, there were rumors that Boston would trade defensive wizard Jackie Bradley Jr, but Dave Dombrowski quickly put out those rumors.
Furthermore, the BoSox have been linked to free agent studs such as Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez. With the re-signing of Mitch Moreland, the team’s likeliest option should be Martinez. Dave Dombrowski took a chance on Martinez from the scrap heap with Detroit, so a reunion in Boston may be imminent.
In 2017, the bats ranked 10th in the MLB, but Boston had a hard time hitting the ball out of the park. The club hit a whopping total of 168 home runs which must change if they want to compete with the Bronx Bombers.
The team is supposed favorites for J.D. Martinez, but Scott Boras wants seven years and about $200 million – a commitment that Dombrowski may not be inclined to pursue. Of course, we know how the Red Sox last $200 million dollar deal has gone.
There is little doubt that the current group of Red Sox underperformed last year, but improvement will be necessary in 2018.
Due to his aggressive nature, Dombrowski has thinned the Red Sox once bountiful farm system which could lead to an interesting back up option.
Red Sox Trade For Tigers 3B
With the Detroit Tigers going into a rebuild, they have made multiple players available. There are plenty of teams that will be in the market for controllable righty Michael Fulmer, but the Sox could pursue third baseman, Nicholas Castellanos.
In 2017, the 25-year-old mashed 26 home runs and knocked in 101 RBI’s and won’t be a free agent until 2020. Acquiring the power threat would not only be a move for now, but down the road.
Castellanos only made $3 million in 2017, but that will surely escalate with his career year. He isn’t in his prime yet and is a cheap / controllable player that would gel with the rest of the youth. The right-handed hitter was worth $13.3 million this year, and will still be underpaid next year as well.
Acquiring Castellanos may be tricky due to the depleted farm system. Since the Tigers possess very few trade chips the team, they will certainly look to maximize their return. Obviously, Boston’s top pitching prospects Jason Groome and Tanner Houck are out of the picture, but should 3B Michael Chavis be off limits? The power hitting prospect appears to be blocked by Rafael Devers and would certainly entice the Tigers.
The Tigers are in for a lengthy rebuild, and they need quantity over quality at the moment. A trade including a headliner and multiple mid-level prospects makes sense for both parties.
If the Red Sox want to seriously compete with the Yankees, they need to upgrade offensively. Based on Dombrowski’s track record, it would no be surprising to see Chavis traded this offseason.