This off-season has been tremendously slow. Not just for the Red Sox, but for the MLB as a whole. On the Red Sox side of things, the team has re-signed Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi, shortly after the 2018 season concluded. There’s also been a few minor-league deals that the team has agreed to sprinkled throughout the off-season. But, that’s about it.
It’s safe to say that the only area on the Red Sox roster that needs some work is the bullpen. There were rumors earlier on in the off-season about multiple relievers that the Red Sox were linked to. There was David Robertson, Adam Ottavino, Andrew Miller and a handful of others that all ended up signing elsewhere. With Spring Training being right around the corner, the Red Sox are running out of options.
If I am being completely honest with you, I think that the Red Sox are done making moves. Yes, there are plenty of guys still left on the market that I would love to see on the team, but the only guy that I can see Dombrowski signing is Craig Kimbrel. But that’s me being optimistic. Dave Dombrowksi did say at the beginning of this off-season that the team would not likely spend on a reliever and that they felt comfortable with who they have. I didn’t look too much into those comments then just because I believed Dombrowski was bluffiing, but now, I think he was telling the truth.
Kimbrel is still probably looking for quite a bit of money and the Red Sox are just not comfortable giving him that. I would be fine with the team giving him a short-term deal with a higher AAV, but I don’t know if Dombrowski & company are willing to do that. The front office is looking ahead to next off-season and wants to save as much money as they can, which is probably the smartest thing to do.
At this point, I think Red Sox fans should sit back and relax. If the Red Sox need to make a move for a reliever before the deadline, they will. It’s time to focus on Spring Training and defending the 2018 World Series title.
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