With the news of Hanley being let go by the Red Sox, lets look ahead to what could be next for the Red Sox.
By now everyone is either still shocked by this news, or they are heartbroken like they should be. Frank touched on this in his blog which you can read here: Designating Hanley Ramirez Was Best for Business So by now you’ve heard the breaking news that the Boston Red Sox have designated first baseman Hanley Ramirez for […]
Everyone LOVED Hanley and he loved Red Sox Nation right back. But there’s nothing we can do about it so we have to move on. The way we do that is looking ahead to what the Red Sox could do with that 22 million dollars that the Red Sox now won’t have to pay Hanley.
I’m sure this is number one for Red Sox fans. Especially with him being the best player in baseball right now. He leads Mike Trout in just about every category expect for triples. He needs 8 home runs to tie his total last season and we aren’t even at the All Star break.
So in most cases Red Sox fans should want the Red Sox to re-sign Mookie to a long term deal so we don’t have another screw up like we did with Jon Lester. But Lester and Mookie are at different points in their careers so it doesn’t do good to compare the contract situations.
As Christopher Smith said below,
Everyone is tweeting to me to sign Betts longterm instead of thinking about next year’s FA market with Machado-Harper.
Betts isn’t a free agent until after ’20. Give him what he deserves next 2 offseasons (settle before going to arbitration) and sign him in 2 years.
— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) May 25, 2018
There is no reason to sign Mookie long term now. Just don’t low ball him during the next two years and then do a long term deal. It’s better money wise to do this.
No matter how this season turns out, a World Series win, elimination in the ALDS or ALCS, the Red Sox need to address the bullpen again. I’m tired of seeing Heath Hembree come in during close games only to just suck and give the game away. If you look at his numbers, since 2015 he hasn’t been that bad for the Red Sox. He has a career ERA of 3.39 but his ERA on the season of 4.91 is ugly. There’s always a chance he can figure it out by seasons end, because there is a LOT of season left, but don’t try and tell me 22 million dollars can’t get you someone better then Heath Hembree. And please get someone who can be good and won’t get hurt by throwing a glove or doing a throwing program.
If Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg were on any other team, that wouldn’t of happened. You may doubt me on this but you know deep down it’s true. That being said, I hope Thornburg can save this bullpen some how. He needs to be the 7th inning guy or another 8 inning guy. Obviously you have Kimbrel and Joe Kelly going innings 9 and 8 respectively, so Thornburg coming in and being that 7th inning guy would be a nice touch.
But if we are talking money, re-signing Craig Kimbrel to anchor that closer spot for the next 5 years would be nice. Closers make big money these days, so Kimbrel getting a fat paycheck isn’t gonna be in question. The only question is it with the Red Sox or another team. I wouldn’t mind the Red Sox dropping 80-100 million dollars on Kimbrel at all.
Another reliever the Red Sox could look at is our old friend Andrew Miller. Miller is going to be 34 but is still probably one of the best options out there. Right now he has a 2.63 ERA but has only appeared in 16 games thanks to an injury, but he could be an option.
Eat a contract for help this season:
Instead of riding out this season with the arms they have now, the Red Sox could trade for a reliever like Frank said. It would be tough because the farm system isn’t that deep right now, so going after a reliever who is having a great year will kinda be hard, but that doesn’t mean the Dave Dombrowski couldn’t make a trade for a reliever who is having a good season instead of a great season.