Red Sox Have No Urgency
Just like the featured image, the Red Sox should run. Run to the phones and make a move. In reality, the team looks like they’re running away from their problems. This club has done close to nothing during the offseason. Yes, the offseason has been extremely slow for everybody, but Boston is (arguably) one of the best teams in the MLB. They shouldn’t be sitting on their hands and waiting for something to happen.
We all know the saga between Boston and J.D. Martinez. He thinks he’s worth $200 million, but there’s no way he’s getting that. This team needs to go out and get what they want.
Yes, Dave Dombrowski did say earlier in the winter that big things should be going down in January. He probably didn’t mean for his team. Heck, the “big bat” might as well be re-signing Mitch Moreland.
The front office looks to be putting most of their trust in the bounce back years of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. Don’t forget about Hanley and his streaky bat. The Red Sox have so much dead money it’s not even funny. The other problem is that the farm system isn’t great. That leaves little to no leverage in trade talks. No offense, but no one wants anybody except guys like Jay Groome and Michael Chavis.
To add insult to injury, the Houston Astros acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bucs got plenty of MLB-ready talent back. The BoSox don’t have any that they could easily sacrifice (E-Rod maybe)? With that said, the Red Sox now have two huge threats in the American League with one in the division. That won’t help their chances at all.
Red Sox have the odds against them
According to Bovada, the New York Yankees have a 5/1 odds to win it all in 2018. Before the Gerrit Cole trade, the ‘Stros have a 6/1 chance. Without a J.D. Martinez signing, your Boston Red Sox have a 10/1 chance. That’s not bad, but it could be better. Houston just made a big move by bolstering their starting rotation. Its Boston’s turn to do something big.
With that said, the Red Sox should be adding to the offense whether it be in FA or via trade. Something should happen in the next week or so. Spring training is right around the corner, and there are still big free agents on the board. Turning to Logan Morrison as a power option wouldn’t be a bad idea. He will be way cheaper than Martinez and comes with less risk. The first baseman wouldn’t require 7 years.
Although Boston has Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez, you can’t heavily rely on them. Ramirez is more of a wild card. Also, Boston looks like they’re holding him to a certain number of plate appearances so his 2019 option isn’t picked up. The Red Sox don’t have a young, productive first baseman waiting in the wings. If all else fails, sign Lo-Mo to a 3-year/$39 million dollar deal, just like Jay Bruce.