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The Red Sox recently added depth in a move for next season, but Dombrowski should not stop there.
It was announced the other day that the Red Sox had inked minor league pitcher, Mark Montgomery to a two year deal. While the former Detrot Tigers reliever had posted a 2.43 and a 1.98 ERA over the past two seasons, he fell prey to the Tommy John surgery epidemic.
It’s clear that the move was geared towards next season, as Montgomery will spend the rest of this year likely rehabbing and preparing for the 2019 campaign.
The Montgomery signing was a low-profile move, but the Red Sox should also seek to sign a former closer in the NL Central, Trevor Rosenthal. The hard throwing reliever had posted a 3.40 ERA last season while battling through lingering elbow trouble, ultimately leading to Tommy John surgery.
The former St. Louis Cardinal has posted 121 career saves and would provide much needed depth within the Red Sox bullpen. As most know, Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel are both free agents next season and adding Rosenthal would provide a safety blanket in case one of the two mentioned were to leave.
Why sign a reclamation project?
Take a look at Nathan Eovaldi in Tampa Bay. The Rays signed the hard throwing starter to a small $2 million deal and have reaped the benefits of patience. The starter has posted a 4.26 ERA this season, but will likely net the Rays prospects at this summer’s Trade Deadline.
Though the Red Sox likely wouldn’t be in a position to sell at the deadline next season, Rosenthal could excel and become a valuable late innings reliever. A short two year deal worth $2-4 million per season is worth the risk.
He’s shown via Twitter that he’s already beginning to throw off a mound and could begin a rehab assignment later this season. Rosenthal is a mere 28 years old and could flourish in Boston.
Additionally, the Red Sox have shown that they are able to find gems in recovering relievers with the addition of Ryan Brasier. The former Pawtucket closer will have a very real chance at making the postseason roster if he continues his current success (6 IP / 0 ER / 4 K’s).