Some could say the Boston Red Sox are in a precarious situation. Buy into this season or sell for the future? The options are aplenty but with all things considered, I still think the Red Sox should reach for the sky this season. Here’s why they wouldn’t:
Reasons the Red Sox should sell this season:
1. Mookie Betts has the rest of this season and next year of team control. That could provide a big haul of prospects to a playoff team. Sure, he’s had an underwhelming year but with that sweet swing and great defense- it could be enough to land a big haul. I am by no means a fan of trading the face of the Red Sox but it is better than losing him for “nothing.”
2. I don’t believe the Red Sox have a championship roster. It is not about their particular group of guys, I just believe there are so many better teams in the American League and in the National League. Lineups and pitching rotations have gotten a lot deeper across the league and the Red Sox just don’t impress me in either facet.
3. There is plenty of young talent to look forward to even if the Red Sox sold players this season. Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, and Andrew Benintendi aren’t going anywhere. What is wrong with having a young, strong core like that along with manager Alex Cora? I may be one of the biggest JBJ haters on Earth but even if they don’t part ways with him then at least he will provide exceptional center field defense. There is a fair amount to look forward to even if Dave Dombrowski decides to deconstruct this team to rebuild the farm system.
Reasons the Red Sox Shouldn’t Sell This Season:
- This Red Sox team is virtually the same minus a closer. Blown saves have been a problem but I have a feeling this team can piece it together. Nathan Eovaldi is coming back from injury soon and whether in the bullpen or starting rotation- I count on him to pack some punch. Also, Chris Sale has had a very underwhelming season.
- Up until recently, the Red Sox were under .500 at home at Fenway Park. That won’t stand throughout the hot stretches of summer. In some sports, home field/court/whatever advantage doesn’t matter but the late innings at Fenway matter. Especially with a lineup so deep as theirs.
- Although the Red Sox are far back in the far back in the division race, they still have more than a fair chance at a Wild Card spot. With Chris Sale or David Price on the mound- they’d have more than a fair chance. Young players would need to rise to the occasion but I could see them advancing to a five game series.
This Red Sox team is worth investing in. I would add another bullpen arm and let the lineup figure itself out. I am not ready to give up on this team. As much as a lot of other folks are ready to.