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While many are waiting for the “Hot Stove” to continue to heat up, the Red Sox were thrown in the trade conversation.
It was announced via Twitter that the Red Sox have been in contact with the Pittsburgh Pirates in regards to catcher, Francisco Cervelli.
— Jason Rollison (@jrollisonpgh) November 30, 2018
The news of the Red Sox interest should not come as a surprise, largely due to the lack of production at the plate by the Sox backstops. While they had plenty of production defensively, the offensive struggles resulted in poor season grades.
Reason for the Red Sox to Pursue
It doesn’t take excessive research to realize that acquiring Cervelli would result in immediate improvement on the offensive side of the ball. The Pirates’ catcher compiled a .259 average / 12 HR’s / 57 RBI’s line last season. To be frank, there was no Red Sox catcher that was even close to producing a similar output.
The 32 year old backstop wouldn’t yield a terribly high return, either. It was rumored that the Pirates were interested in Mike Shawaryn, the 9th ranked prospect in the Sox system according to MLB Pipeline.
Reasons to Pump the Brakes?
Truthfully, there aren’t many reasons that a trade for Cervelli wouldn’t make sense. He’s owed $11.5 million next season and is set to reach the open market in 2020. His services are a bit of a financial increase, as opposed to the minuscule contracts of Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, and Christian Vazquez; however the return on the investment may be worth it.
Aside from an increased financial commitment, Red Sox fans may point to the fact that he is a former New York Yankee. He’s been in Pittsburgh since 2014 and should be forgiven for his sins if he can help the Sox defend their World Series crown in 2019.
Yes, the Sox would likely need to move on from a catcher to make this happen, but the offensive improvement may be worth cutting ties with an old friend.
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