Dear Santa, these are the players I want the Sox to sign

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Wow, I can’t believe it is already December.  Baseball has come and gone, Thanksgiving is already over, and even the football season is heading into the home stretch.  The MLB winter meetings are about to take place.  The winter meetings are an event that happens every off season in early December.  Baseball front offices from all over the league meet at a certain location and start making moves.  Free agent signings, trades and the rule 5 draft all take place at the winter meetings.  Much like a dear Santa letter, baseball executives bring their wish lists to the meetings and hope to land some of their targets.

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Before I continue any further, let’s take a second to reflect on the Red Sox winning another WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

In light of the holiday season and all the baseball teams preparing for the winter meetings, I decided to make my own wish list.  I compiled a list of players in free agency that I would love to see the Red Sox sign.  This list isn’t what I believe will happen.  Mattradamus is not making an appearance here.  This is just my wish list for potential future Red Sox players. 

The List:

Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper, man oh man, this would be incredible.  I’d like to restate that this list is not always going to be realistic.  I know the Red Sox will not put up the money, nor is there a glaring need for outfielders on this roster.  I am a huge fan of Bryce Harper.  I have been on the bandwagon since he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was still in high school.  In my closet, you will actually find a Nationals Harper jersey, so if he did end up signing here in Boston it’s a given that I would be asking Santa for a Sox one.  

My fandom isn’t the only reason Harper tops my off season Red Sox wishlist.  Bryce is a 26 year old super star.  Some would say that he has underwhelmed and they wouldn’t be completely wrong.  But his 2015 MVP season is just a look at what his potential is between the white lines.  That year he battled .330, hit 42 home runs and led the entire Major Leagues with 118 runs scored.  Next season he will be only 26 years old!  It wouldn’t be a shocker if he produced a couple more of these types of seasons.  Admittedly, he has had up and down season since his insane MVP campaign, but overall you can’t doubt his skill set.  Not only can he be the best player on an already loaded Sox roster but he is a star.  Harper is one of the most popular players in the entire league and ownership undoubtedly covets that.  Harper is one of my favorite players in the entire league so I would absolutely approve him signing in Boston.  However, if he ends up with the Yankees I may have to replace him on the list. 

Nathan Eovaldi
My admiration for Eovaldi should be obvious at this point.  He was one of the heroes on this year’s championship team.  His “DGAF” attitude in the playoffs was one of the coolest things I’ve seen a pitcher do.  Whenever they needed him he was there to give his heart out.  Even when the coaches weren’t expecting him to pitch, he would try and convince them he was ready.  Unlike Harper, I think that the Sox have a very realistic chance to bring Eovaldi back.  Most rumors have him signing for between 12-15 million dollars a year.  At that price, he could be the Sox number 4 starter or, even if he becomes the closer, that money is well worth it.  Eovaldi brings more to the team than his stats.  Which aren’t the greatest.  But he does bring toughness and a very strong competitive nature.  All characteristics that will be able to play up with a manager like Alex Cora.  I am all for a Sox-Eovaldi reunion. 

David Robertson
I would definitely be on board for the Sox to sign relief pitcher David Robertson.  This connection is actually rooted in reality.  The Rhode Island native has already let it slip that he would like to join the Sox.  Robertson has been an effective back end of the bullpen arm pretty much his entire career.  He had a solid season last year when he played for the hated New York Yankees, and if he came here and produced fans would forgive him for donning the disgusting pinstripes.  The Red Sox are definitely in need of some good relief pitchers.  They are potentially losing Craig Kimbrel and/or Joe Kelly, so the addition of Robertson and his career 2.88 ERA would certainly soften the possible subtractions.  Robertson could very well take over the closing duties in the short term for the Red Sox.  Dave Dombrowski is going to have to make sure the bullpen is strong if they are going to have a chance at a repeat.  Dave Robertson from Rhode Island could be a major factor in the 2019 season. 

Jed Lowrie
This may come as a surprise but I am actually a huge fan of the Jedi.  The former Red Sox player has put together a very solid MLB career.  I bet you didn’t realize that Lowrie was very close to driving in 100 runs last year.  Well he had 99 RBIs to be exact.  He plays every position in the infield and could be an above average every day second basemen.  The switch hitter could be a dangerous player at the bottom of a loaded Sox lineup.  Jedi is just a gamer, another good guy to have in the club house.  I don’t think that the Sox will be suitors for Lowrie.  They are already on the hook for Pedroia’s contract and Nunez already opted back, in so there may not be a spot for him.  A wish list with Jed Lowrie on it…something most baseball fans wouldn’t expect to see.

Yasmani Grandal
You may have already guessed why Yasmani Grandal is on my wish list.  I played the catcher position my entire life and the Red Sox catcher always has a clear path to being one of my favorites.  The fact of the matter is, the Sox catchers have stunk.  I understand that you don’t necessarily need good hitting catchers to have a good team, but it can’t hurt.  As the top catcher on the free agent market, Grandal is probably going to be too expensive for Boston to be a suitor, but I wish they could bring in the 30 year old switch hitting back stop.  He has bashed 20 plus home runs in each of the last 3 seasons.  If you take Sandy Leon, Christian Vasquez AND Blake Swihart and combine their home runs it would total only 11.  Grandal is also regarded as one of the best pitch framers in the league.  He can add value behind the plate for Boston, well just as long as his massive case of the yips in this past year’s postseason doesn’t carry into next season. 

Yusei Kikuchi
You are probably asking yourself, “Who in the world is Yusei Kikuchi?”  Well, Mr. Kikuchi is going to be the next pitcher to come over to the MLB from the Nippon Professional Baseball League.  You could also be asking yourself, “How could you add Yusei Kikuchi to your wish list?”  I have always followed the players that come over from Japan.  I was through the roof excited when Daisuke Matsuzaka came to the Red Sox.  Even if his Boston tenure wasn’t the best ever, he did have his good moments.  And after that I wanted to Sox to take a chance and sign Yu Darvish for years before he ultimately signed with the Texas Rangers.  And after Darvish I wanted the Red Sox to sign Shohei Ohtani.  

Kikuchi doesn’t have the ceiling as the last two mentioned players, but he has the talent to be a number 2 pitcher in the rotation.  He is a lefty who can reach 96 MPH and is still only 27 years old.  Maybe the next big signing to come from Japan will end up in Boston.  I mean the last time the Red Sox made such a move they won the World Series.  Random thought…remember when Daisuke drove in 2 runs and won the game as the starting pitcher in the 2007 World Series?  See...Matsuzaka had some nice moments in a Red Sox uniform. 

The off season hot stove is definitely at its hottest around the winter meetings.  Expect some transactions to occur within the next few weeks.  Who knows, maybe Dave Dombrowski and company will show up with my exact wish list…probably not.  But out of all the players on my wish list I am keeping my fingers crossed the Red Sox actually do sign Robertson and Eovaldi.  I really think both these guys, along with some other moves, can really put the Sox in a great position to win next year.  But if you read this Santa…Bryce Harper playing first base for the Red Sox would be amazing.

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