Much of the offseason has revolved around big name Free Agent’s and how much they are going to sign, but will the Red Sox continue to make smaller moves?
The offseason has been full of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper speculation, but don’t let that distract you from the Red Sox pursuit at back-to-back World Series titles. With the current bullpen situation, the Sox might want to sign a closer. Rather than turning to an internal candidate of Matt Barnes or Ryan Brasier, it may be wise to explore a one year deal for Cody Allen or Craig Kimbrel.
Overall, this team doesn’t have too many holes, but there is a certain need for a proven closer. On a one year deal, the Sox could allow for either player to prove themselves with the potential for a larger deal. In the long term, it will allow for the Red Sox to groom closer-of-the-future Durbin Feltman in the minors for the majority of the season. If they feel like he’s ready, they can call him up when rosters expand.
It’s possible, if the Sox were to include Blake Swihart in a trade that they could explore a left handed option. A player like Felipe Vazquez of the Pirates may command too much of a return, but may be worth exploring. Fans saw Bobby Poyner at the beginning of the 2018 season, but not much towards the end. If the Red Sox have Poyner and added a proven option, it would greatly bolster the bullpen.
Until Dustin Pedroia comes back, Brock Holt and Eduardo Núñez will likely platoon at 2B. If either struggle, it may open the door for Marco Hernandez to get a shot at the 25 man roster. Hernandez battled season-ending injuries last season, but flashed potential in previous seasons. It’s been a waiting game, but the Red Sox may start making moves in the very near future.