The Boston Red Sox seem to be stingy and patient with their money this offseason. Although the owners/general managers usually dish it out to big-time free agents, the team has played it cool thus far. Having acquired players such David Price, Hanley Ramirez, and Pablo Sandoval (Yikes!) in recent years, the Sox are waiting it out and being smart. Let me explain why it could be a genius idea for the sake of the team’s future.

Looking Ahead

The 2017 version of the Red Sox won 93 games for the 2nd year in a row. This team clearly has major talent, and it wasn’t even fully displayed due to injuries. David Price started the season on the DL and should be back at full force. Rick Porcello had the worst season of his career and led the league in losses. Steven Wright missed the entire season. This team should do well simply because the rotation will be fully intact. Porcello may not be the pitcher he was 2 seasons ago when he won the Cy Young Award, but he should be a solid middle of the rotation type of guy. Price will be back and trying to prove that he’s the ace we all expected him to be. The offense will virtually be the same with a full year of Rafael Devers.

Current Projected 2018 Lineup:

  1. Andrew Benintendi
  2. Mookie Betts
  3. Rafael Devers
  4. Hanley Ramirez
  5. Mitch Moreland
  6. Xander Bogaerts
  7. Jackie Bradley Jr.
  8. Christian Vazquez
  9. Brock Holt

A Year From Now

After the end of next season, Hanley’s money will (likely) be off the books. The Sox will probably restrict his time in the lineup and not let his contract vest with 497 plate appearances. That would clear money as well as open up a spot in the lineup for a big splash from the huge 2018 free agency pot. Among those available will be Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Josh Donaldson, and Charlie Blackmon. Spending that money on a home run hitting superstar would do wonders to a lineup that doesn’t hit many of them (last in the AL in 2017). The only problem will be deciding whether to re-sign Drew Pomeranz and Craig Kimbrel. If he were to replicate his numbers from this season, Pomeranz would command a truckload as a top of the rotation lefty. Kimbrel would likely call for a $3-4 million dollar raise a year over his current $13 million dollar salary. He’s amongst the very best closers the league and top-notch closer salaries hover right around $17 million. 

Can you imagine these two in the same lineup?!

Potential 2019 Lineup:

  1. Andrew Benintendi
  2. Mookie Betts
  3. Rafael Devers
  4. Bryce Harper/Manny Machado
  5. Xander Bogaerts
  6. Mitch Moreland
  7. Eduardo Nunez/Dustin Pedroia
  8. Christian Vazquez
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr.

Seeing Clearly with 2020 Vision

With the entire offense under contract, if the team has underperformed, expect them to make a BIG splash after this season. The pitching staff should be solid, whether the Sox re-sign Pomeranz or not. Once this season is over, the Sox will have some decisions to make. Porcello will be gone. Xander Bogaerts will likely test the market. The most important of all, Sandoval will be off the books!!! That, along with Moreland’s recent contract and a few others will be over $60 million cleared. That would be enough to sign 2 or 3 top stars of that free agency class. Chris Sale will be a free agent after earning $13.5 million the previous season. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. will still be a year away from free agency. The first priority would be to lock up Sale, or replace him with a similar superstar pitcher…Madison Bumgarner. Extending the killer B’s will be high on the list, but signing a star must be important. Enter Paul Goldschmidt. He would become the anchor of the lineup and a very rich man in Boston. To pack on more power, the Sox could add Khris Davis. That would secure any worries about a power outage in Boston.

Potential 2020 Lineup:

  1. Mookie Betts
  2. Andrew Benintendi
  3. Paul Goldschmidt
  4. Rafael Devers
  5. Khris Davis
  6. Eduardo Nunez
  7. Dustin Pedroia
  8. Christian Vazquez
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr.

 

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I’m a writer for the Boston Red Sox as well as a Red Sox fan, but an overall sports fanatic who seems to know too many facts about the history of baseball and basketball. Very competitive and always down for a sports debate.
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