The winter weather in New England has put many in the holiday spirit. Let’s take a look at what the Red Sox Christmas list may look like.
As the reigning World Series champions, the Red Sox don’t have a lot to desire; however any of these luxuries would greatly increase any chance of repeating in 2019.
Let’s take a look at a couple of players that may be on Dave Dombrowski’s wish list!
SP – Nathan Eovaldi
Yes, it’s possible that the number one item on the Red Sox wish list is retaining the services of one of their own. The Trade Deadline steal was a catalyst in the Sox push to a World Series title both on, and off the field. His heroic performance in Game 3 inspired his clubhouse and earned the respect of many in the baseball community.
It’s important to understand that Eovaldi isn’t an ace. His career track record doesn’t suggest that, nor does he need to be in Boston. The Red Sox have plenty of lefties in the rotation between Chris Sale, David Price, and Eduardo Rodriguez, leaving a need to balance it with right handed options. The re-signing of the postseason hero would fill a void in the rotation and would allow the man that posted a 1.61 ERA in the playoffs to return to Fenway Park as a hero.
The biggest question will be finances. It’s obviously a dilemma that his agent and Dave Dombrowski will look to iron out, but if the Sox had their way, they’d surely prefer to see Nathan Eovaldi back in Boston.
Closer – Edwin Diaz
Let’s make this very clear, the Red Sox obtaining the services of the Seattle Mariners’ closer would be nothing short of a Christmas Miracle, but it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t appear on the wish list.
The Mariners’ closer was the epitome of dominant this season. Diaz posted a 1.96 ERA and recorded a stellar 57 saves. He’s an elite arm and Seattle GM, Jerry Dipoto has already stated that he would have to be “blown away” to move his young closer. The Red Sox have a need with it being relatively likely that Craig Kimbrel will sign elsewhere and he would be a cheap financial commodity, as he’s under team control until 2022. However, the Sox likely do not have the prospect capital to obtain his services.
A deal centered around Bobby Dalbec or Michael Chavis, packaged will multiple other high upside prospects could get the deal done, but the farm system has seen consistent damage over the past couple of seasons. A deal for Diaz is very unlikely, but it’s hard to put anything past Dealin’ Dave Dombrowski.
Whether it’s likely, or not, Edwin Diaz would be sure to make the Red Sox Christmas wish list.
Catcher – J.T. Realmuto
Every kid has that one item on their Christmas wish list that they really want, but probably won’t receive. The Marlins’ catcher is certainly that player for the Boston Red Sox.
It’s no secret that Boston’s catchers were abysmal in regards to offensive output. Red Sox catchers ranked last in the MLB in Offensive WAR & OPS, 29th in BA & RBI’s, and 28th in homeruns. This past season, Realmuto posted a .277 / 21 HR / 74 RBI line in a breakout season for the young catcher. He would be an immediate upgrade at the catching position and would lengthen an already deep lineup.
The reality is that Miami is in the middle of a very deep rebuild. Realmuto represents one of their only desirable assets that would yield a king’s ransom in a trade. The Red Sox don’t have the prospect capital to acquire the young catcher, nor would Dombrowski be willing to move multiple Major League pieces in return. Not to mention, Yankee legend Derek Jeter is the President of Baseball Operations.
Acquiring a player of JT’s stature would be an impressive move for the Red Sox, but it is highly unlikely to come to fruition.
LHP – Andrew Miller
A wish could easily become a reality for the Red Sox when dealing with their former reliever.
The lefty has been a fixture of dominance throughout the American League over the past few seasons. Last year, he posted his worst ERA (4.24) since 2011; however the outlier may be attributed to a case of the injury bug. The Indians’ closer did not receive a Qualifying Offer – meaning if Boston were to sign Miller, they would not forfeit a draft pick in consolation.
The Red Sox had a major hole in the bullpen due to the lack of a lefty, but were able to navigate through the postseason with starters performing irregular duties. Simply put, it remains to be seen whether Bobby Poyner is a viable option, in addition to the sporadic performances of Robby Scott.
Adding Andrew Miller to this bullpen would represent an important step forward in repeating as World Series champions and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a reunion in Boston.
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