Rafael Devers has been a massive disappointment in his second season in the big leagues. Devers is hitting .239 with an OBP of .290 and while he does have 14 home runs, that’s not enough to offset his poor average. His defense is horrendous as he’s eclipsed over 20 errors this year, and his throws are not good from third base. Last night in Baltimore, he made a horrendous base-running mistake running off of second base on a Mookie Betts sinking liner.
So where does this sound familiar? A young Red Sox third basemen making mental mistakes and playing poorly? Let’s flashback five years to Will Middlebrooks who did this same thing in 2012 flashed when he was brought up, and completely tailed off the next year before ultimately being dumped for Ryan Hanigan. Middlebrooks has been on four teams since leaving the Red Sox the Padres, Brewers, Rangers, and now the Phillies. So is it time to worry that Devers is heading down the same road?
Furthermore, how did people actually not want to include this guy in a package for Manny Machado? I don’t want to hear about the six years of team control, 90% of the Red Sox corps are free agents after this or next and are due for a massive raise. It’s a two-year window before they have to rebuild.
You have to wonder if addressing the position is on the horizon for Dave Dombrowski. Boston has been linked to Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas and Whit Merrifield. Eduardo Nunez can slide over to third or continue to see the lion-share of playing time at second base. No matter what, Red Sox fans should start to be concerned over “Raffy Big Scoops”.