With Trevor Story Injured, Who Will The Red Sox Target Next?

Wow, what a catastrophe. On the thirteenthth of January, with each related free agent having been signed, the Red Sox and their $217 million payroll are with no beginning second baseman or shortstop. Not solely that, however their solely participant with any significant expertise beginning at both place of their whole profession is their beginning middle fielder. There isn’t any participant on the 40-man roster who is able to come up and contribute in 2023. The mixture of low-balling Xander Bogaerts final offseason, bringing in a alternative whose throwing arm was deteriorating in entrance of everybody’s eyes earlier than the contract was even signed, and increase completely no depth at both place on the 40-man roster has left the group with an abomination up the center. Karma is a bitch.

However, I’m right here right this moment to not be a part of the issue, however a part of the answer, by scouring the rosters of all 30 Major League groups to seek out methods to get artistic on the commerce market. By no means am I recommending all — or any — of those strikes. Perhaps signing Elvis Andrus at shortstop and Jose Iglesias at second base is the very best transfer, and I will not argue with you. According to @redsoxpayroll on Twitter, the Red Sox present estimated payroll of $216.8M is $16.2M wanting the Competitive Balance Tax of $233M. It’s exhausting to fathom the Red Sox blowing previous the CBT for the second straight 12 months to assist this roster. The pickings are slim, and the salaries should be low.

Today, I’ve placed on my Chaim Bloom hat, drank eight beers, and I’m able to make some cellphone calls to speak commerce. Please be a part of me.

Tier 1: The Interesting But Probably Unattainable Center Fielders (with Enrique Hernandez shifting to the infield)

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Bryan Reynolds, PIT, Contract: 3 ARB years remaining ($6.75M in ’23), Gms: CF 127, LF 1, Outs Above Average: Minus-7, Slash Line: .262/.345/.461

Jarred Kelenic, SEA, Contract: Pre-ARB, Gms: CF 24, RF 24, LF 3, OAA: +1, Slash: .141/.221/.313

Alek Thomas, ARI, Contract: Pre-ARB, Gms: CF 112, OAA: +7, Slash: .231/.275/.344

“Hi Ben Cherington, that is Chaim Bloom.” (muffled laughter) “Not certain what’s so humorous. Anyways, I used to be checking in on Bryan Reynolds, I do know he is a scorching identify on the commerce market! … You need Triston? Or Marcelo? Or Brayan? AND Miguel Bleis? Well, no they’re untouchable.” (click on) “Hello?”

“Hi Jerry Dipoto, I wished to verify on Jarred Kelenic. I observed that he hit .141 final 12 months and struck out 34% of the time, would you be taken with promoting low for…” (click on) “Hello??”

“Hi Mike Hazen, I see that even after buying and selling Daulton Varsho, you continue to have a log jam in your outfield. I used to be studying the illustrious Over the Monster web site lately the place Bob Osgood steered that we might make commerce match.” (muffled) “Well, sure, I do know Osgood’s a blowhard however would possibly Alek Thomas be obtainable? Okay, what about Ketel Marte… Hello???”

Tier 2: The Interesting And Attainable Middle Infielders

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Ha-Seong Kim, SD, Contract: 3y/$21M, Gms: SS 131, 3B 24, Outs Above Average: +8, Slash: .251/.325/.383

Hi AJ Preller, I used to be advised that you simply like to commerce and have a plethora of shortstops for no matter purpose. Mr. Kim and his three-year deal and high quality protection could be a pleasant bridge to Marcelo Mayer in a few years. Plus, Masatka Yoshida mentioned he would not need to lead-off so we’d like another person with plate self-discipline and pace to try this for us.”

Tony Kemp, OAK, Contract: 1y/$3.25M, Gms: 2B 89, LF 65, OAA: +3 (+5 2B, -2 LF), Slash: .235/.307/.334

“Hey Billy Beane, very long time fan! Looking at your Athletics’ rivalry window, it looks as if that can begin across the 12 months 2032. Might Tony Kemp be obtainable to be our leadoff man? Yes, sure I’ve heard that you simply love walks, that .330 profession OBP is enjoyable. Is he associated to Shawn Kemp by any probability? I do know he had fairly just a few youngsters.”

Joey Wendle, MIA, Contract: 1 ARB 12 months stays (est: $5.4M ’23), Gms: 3B 43, SS 34, 2B 33, OAA: +3 (+3 SS, +2 2B, -2 3B), Slash : .257/.297/.360

Jon Berti, MIA, Contract: 3 ARB years remaining (est. $2.39M ’23), Gms: 2B 47, 3B 37, LF 16, SS 10, CF 3, OAA: +4 (1 2B, 3 3B), Slash : .240/.324/.338

“Kim Ng, hope all is nicely. I do know I’ve known as the final 45 days straight about your rotation, however we might love so as to add an infielder as nicely. Joey Wendle’s versatility is nice and all, however I actually like that Jon Berti man. His 41 steals in 102 video games received me my fantasy league final 12 months!”

Jorge Mateo, BAL, Contract: 3 ARB years stay (est. $1.27M ’23), Gms: SS 149, OAA: +11, Slash: .221/.267/.379

“Good morning, Mike Elias. It’s CB I do know we’re in the identical division and I do not name usually, however you and I each know that we’re not threats this 12 months. That Mateo man appears to be heading to the bench in 2023 with all of your stud prospects arising. You don’t need that .267 OBP clogging up your order anyhow. We’d be completely satisfied to roll the cube on a repeat of these 13 dwelling runs and 35 steals from final 12 months, and man can he decide it at quick. Please, I’m determined.”

Paul Dejong, STL, Contract: $9M (’23), $12.5M or $2M Buyout (’24), Gms: SS 75, 2B 1, OAA: +5, Slash: .157/.245/.286

“Mr. Mozeliak, Chaim right here. It looks as if Paul Dejong wants a change of surroundings. That .182 common the final two years is hideous however he has a good glove. You’ll actually give him away? Great!”

The Attainable Yet Uninteresting:

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Nicky Lopez, KCR, Contract: 3 ARB years remaining, (est. $3.2M ’23), Gms: 2B 68, SS 52, 3B 30, OAA: +14, Slash: .227/.281/.273

Adalberto Mondesi, KCR, Contract: 1 yr/$3.05M, Gms: SS 15, OAA: N/A, Slash: .140/.204/.140

Michael A. Taylor, KCR, Contract: 1 yr/$4.5M, Gms: CF 123, OAA: +5, Slash: .254/.313/.357

“Good day, sir JJ Picollo. Do you might have anybody in your roster with protection, pace, and completely no pop? Oh, you might have three?”

Orlando Arcia, ATL, Contract: 1y/$1.5M in ’23, Club Opt. for 2M in ’24, Gms: 2B 50, LF 6, 3B 4, SS 1, Outs Above Average: Minus-3, Slash: .244/.316/.416

“Hey Anthopoulos. That Arcia man who hit the walk-off homer in opposition to us final May, is he one of many ten guys you have locked up for the subsequent decade? No? We’ll take him.”

Dylan Moore, SEA, Contract: 2 ARB years remaining, est $1.94M in ’23, Gms: RF 39, SS 26, LF 18, 2B 12, 1B 8, CF 7, 3B 2, OAA: +1, Slash: . 224/.368/.385

“Maybe I can discuss Cora into taking part in Dylan Moore in any respect 9 positions in the identical sport. We might put it up for sale and all the things. Yeah, Fenway will likely be packed that night time! Dipoto already hung up on me as soon as right this moment, I’ll give it an hour.”

Kyle Farmer, MIN, Contract: 2 ARB years remaining, SS 98, 3B 36, 1B 2, OAA: Minus-2, Slash: .255/.315/.386

“Thad Levine, what’s taking place? I used to know a Thad. Actually, I might’ve traded him to you for Kyle Farmer, however he simply went 1.1 within the Rule 5 draft. There’s no approach you thought Correa was coming again while you traded for Farmer, give it right here. Those 14 dwelling runs will end second on our group this 12 months. Warm Regards!”

There you might have it, an unsightly scene on the market on the commerce marketplace for the Red Sox with completely no leverage. The GMs have been a bit harsh, however, in equity, a textual content message in all probability would have sufficed.

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