Is the Red Sox Offseason About to Heat Up?


The MLB off season is in full swing, and in staying true to form it is moving at a snail's pace.  The stove is very much lukewarm and there haven’t been a whole lot of action thus far.  Side note, I kind of knew that this was going to be the case.  Obviously COVID-19 is playing a hand in this but the trend over the past few years is that the off season moves very slowly.  Basically the exact opposite of the NFL and NBA off seasons.  Red Sox Nation, I am here to say be patient.  

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The offseason hasn’t even started yet for the Boston Red Sox.  If you have your ear to the ground, you continue to hear rumblings that the Sox are going to be major players this winter.  Joel Sherman on MLB Network said this, “Executives around the league keep saying watch the Red Sox.  Chance to be a Top 5 offense and they are in on pitching.” 

I absolutely love hearing this.  As I have stated on the Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later (make sure you check it out wherever you get your podcasts) I think the Sox can be very competitive in 2021, and it sounds like Bloom and company share the same sentiment.  I mean they have the core of a good ball club, and if they are active on the market this offseason and add a few pieces then it is wheels up for this baseball team. 

One person close to the organization, you may have heard this name before…Alex Cora.  Well he was interviewed recently, and he mentioned that the front office has been “relentless” in their search to add pitching.  One name that continues to surface is Jake Odorizzi.  I've got to be honest, I am not super thrilled about Odorizzi joining the Sox.

The 30-year-old righty is coming off of an injury plagued 2020 and boasts a career ERA of 3.92.  If the money is right then I guess adding him wouldn’t hurt, but from what I have heard his market is healthy and that usually means he will get a fairly expensive deal.  If you want to hear more about the possibility of Boston signing Odorizzi, make sure you check out the Great Blogino’s article on the Boston Sports Syndicate’s website.

Another big name that the Red Sox have been linked to is Corey Kluber.  The Massachusetts native is hosting a workout so organizations can get a look at him and make sure he is healthy.  Apparently, the workout will take place in early 2021.  Everyone knows that Kluber has been a beast over the years, but coming off of two seasons where he was often injured, he comes with a lot of risk.  

When the offseason kicked off I was all for the potential signing, but now he is having a workout, so he is confident he is healthy.  That is a double edged sword because yes, a healthy Corey Kluber would be a major upgrade to the Sox rotation.  But then again if he is healthy, he will be signing a bigger contract.  Given his age, I still see him signing a one or two-year deal, so let’s hope that Bloom can reel in a big fish. 

Last year the Red Sox bullpen was downright atrocious.  They ranked among the worst teams in the league in pretty much all bullpen statistics.  If Boston is going to compete this upcoming season they will need to address their pen.  In the same interview quoted earlier Sox Manager Alex Cora said that the “Red Sox are in the market looking for a closer.”  

I haven’t heard much on that front, so I’m going to speculate a bit.  One pitcher that I think will come with a cheap price tag is Rangers’ reliever Jose Leclerc.  The Rangers are looking like they will be in full-on rebuild mode and could look to move him.  Full disclaimer - he hasn’t been dominant since his 2018 campaign.  But entering 2021 he will be 27 and a good buy-low candidate to help out in the pen.  

Other than Leclerc, I would like to see the Red Sox make a run at signing Brad Hand, Blake Trienen, Trevor Rosenthal, and Alex Colome. has these guys signing deals around $7 million per year and that fits into what the Sox will want to do.  The biggest free agent on the market, Liam Hendricks, will probably demand too big of a contract for the Sox, but if MLBTradeRumors are accurate and he can be signed for about $10 million a year, then I hope Bloom kicks the tires.  The holiday season is here and hopefully the Red Sox front office can sign some relievers for Red Sox Nation. 

Boston’s offense is already ready to be competitive in 2021.  JD is back.  Xander, Verdugo, and Devers will round out the middle of the lineup.  I do not see the Sox making big moves to grab bats.  They have already signed Hunter Renfroe to a one year, $3 million deal.  Let me say really quick, please stop saying this was a bad move.  Regardless of your thoughts on him as a ball player, a one year $ 3 million deal is bust proof.  Of course I would love to see the Red Sox bring in my guy Ha-seong Kim to play second, but there hasn’t been a drum beat on Kim so we shall see.  It seems JBJ is still a target for the Sox to bring back, but I think it is time to bid him farewell.  I will be interested to see if the Sox bring in anymore high-profile bats.

There is still a lot of time in the 2020-2021 MLB offseason.  Plenty of time for Chaim Bloom and the Sox front office to make a splash.  Are the Red Sox the sleeping giants of this offseason?  As the Rocket, Jared Carrabis has stated “Don’t let Chaim get hot.”

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Is the Red Sox Offseason About to Heat Up?
Is the Red Sox Offseason About to Heat Up?
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