The 2019 Red Sox flat out stunk this year. Every Sox fan would agree with that and many want to see the team compete for a World Series next year. Fans have not seen an offseason like this in a while. With ownership public about cutting payroll, what are the Red Sox going to do this offseason? How much payroll will they cut? Who are they going to trade? The Red Sox are entering the territory of the unknown.
First, Chaim Bloom welcome to Boston! You are going to have your work cut out for you. Somebody from this team is going to be the odd man out.
With J.D. opting into his contract Bloom has his hands full on what he can do. He can look to trade J.D. which feels unlikely but still an option. He can trade Mookie, this has been thrown around since last season after he rejected a contract offer and has been vocal about testing free agency. Bloom can also look to deal a few starters either Sale, Price, or Eovaldi.
Bloom needs to figure out how he can trim payroll but still add help in the bullpen and get some depth throughout the infield, specifically first and second base, and find starting rotation depth.
Bloom comes from Tampa where they have been successful in recent years with some of baseball’s lowest payrolls and have competed for playoffs. Ultimately Bloom needs this magic to work to find players who can step in and improve this team right away on a low budget.
Who Should Go?
- Mookie Betts – He is the Red Sox best player and teams will be willing to deal top prospects for Betts. With a depleted farm system, this makes the most sense. If you trade Mookie you will be receiving a lot of ponies for one horse and may not get back enough in return since he is a free agent at the end of the year.
- J.D. Martinez – Has been arguably the best hitter in baseball over the past two seasons. He carries a high price tag for a guy who is mostly a DH at this point in his career but is still a pure hitter.
- David Price – He ended 2019 with an injury but is still capable of being a solid number 2 starter. I think a new start in another city could be the best for Price at this point in his career. The Red Sox would have to eat around $30 million in salary any team would love Price at $20 per year. He hates Boston and Boston hates him best for both parties to move on.
Eovaldi and Sale are also in play. Reports have come out that the Rangers are interested in one of the Red Sox starters, so keep an eye on that.
Put Jackie Bradley’s name on the trade block as well. Let’s be honest most Red Sox fans would be up in uproar if he is still on the team next season. Boston does not have time to deal with a hitter who hits .225 in a season.