I'm The New Red Sox GM


These are my absolute favorite articles to write…the” what would I do?” scenarios.  Now, I am going to breakdown how I would attack the remainder of the offseason for the Boston Red Sox.  I want to be as realistic as I possibly can.  I will make sure to explain my moves and even show my work if I have to. And to ensure that I am operating in this reality, I will use a few different tools to prove that the money works, or that there is value to a certain move.  I will use MLB pipeline, baseballtradevalues.com, spotrac.com, MLB.com, and if reports have surfaced on a particular player or position, I will be sure to operate as if that has truth to it.

First move to make is to complete the Andrew Benintendi trade.  Who will be my trade partner?  The reported Miami Marlins will be this guy’s dance partner.  The Marlins would receive Andrew Benintendi and $2 mil cash for pitchers Trevor Rogers and Jordan Holloway.  It has been said that Miami is looking for a left-handed outfield bat and more specifically have expressed interest in Benintendi.  The money would just be a softener for the $6.6 million that they would be taking on.  This would free $4.6 mil for Boston and add pitching depth at the same time.  

Both Rogers and Holloway could compete their way onto this year’s big-league club.  Trevor Rogers is a lefty who was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 MLB rookie draft.  Although he didn’t find a ton of success in his brief cup of coffee in 2020, he did strike out 39 in only 28 innings.  He has enough talent to help out the Red Sox now and going forward.  

Jordan Holloway is a throw in mostly, but he is 6 foot 6 and can throw 100 mph.  The right hander also has a 60-grade curveball.  Holloway isn’t anything more than a lottery ticket, but with an arm like that he’s worth taking a shot on.  There is hope that could become a bullpen arm.  Baseball Trade Values thinks this would be a fantastic move, by the way.

courtesy of baseballtradevalues.com

Boston has the offensive core to compete, so I wouldn’t sink a ton of available funds into that part of the team.  When you also factor the next wave of prospects, the Sox are going to be able to score runs for the next few years. 

Reports surfaced that the Boston Red Sox had reps at the Anibal Sanchez workout earlier this week.  The follow up details were that Sanchez threw “free and easy.”  Sanchez has provided ball clubs with solid innings for a long time, so I think he would be a good piece heading into the season.  

I really liked the craftiness that the Washington Nationals deployed when signing Jon Lester, so I will do the same thing.  Sign Anibal Sanchez to a 1-year deal for $5 million and defer $3 million of that as a bonus for 2023, so only $2 mil goes against the salary cap this year.  I think he fits, because if he pitches well, he can help the team.  But if Houck, Pivetta or Seabold outperforms him then it wouldn’t be difficult to move on from the vet. 

I have to address this bullpen.  This unit was bad in 2020 and there is no reason to believe that they will be better in 2021.  So far, the team has been conservative, and I wouldn’t be too much different in that regard, but I would be more aggressive.  I want to sign some arms for the bullpen, but I will be discount shopping, no question.  Matt Barnes and Darwinzon Hernandez are the only real blocks to build around, so I think it is best to take the shotgun approach. 

My first signing would be right hander Alex Colome.  My sales pitch would include him being the closer when camp opens.  Colome has been a really effective closer for the Chicago White Sox over the last two seasons, but he is 32 years old and looking for his last chunk of money.  Due to his performance it is reasonable for him to ask for more than Yates, but he won’t even hover close to Hendricks.  We can agree on a 2-year $15 million dollar deal.  He would be taking a slight pay cut, but given the market, he would be around the top in terms of AAV for relievers in this free agent class.  I personally like the two-year contract because if he is good, he is worth rostering in 2022.  And if he’s made available then he will get a little more given the year of control. 

Colome would not be the only arm I would bring on board.  I would try to sign right hander Jeremy Jeffress and left hander Sean Doolittle to 1-year deals.  I think based on the Greg Holland and Pedro Baez signings the market for Jeffress would require a $4 million price tag.  Jeffress is coming off of a good 2020 and could be a weapon at the end of ball games in 2021.  Sean Doolittle did not have a good 2020, and given his age he would probably only cost $1 million, or maybe even less.  He would just be an extra lefty reliever to compete with Hernandez.  If he doesn’t pan out then he would be easy to move on from.  But if he produces, he could prove to be very valuable for Boston.

I would also monitor the Brad Hand market.  I think Hand would be a major improvement to the bullpen.  I do worry that his price tag will prove to be more than I would like to spend on him given his velocity decreases.  Sure, he has been effective over the last handful of years, but signing a player isn't about what you have done but what you will do, and I think there are concerns with Brad Hand's repertoire.   

I did mention that I wouldn’t spend a whole lot on offensive players, but I am not going to ignore that part of the team entirely.  There are three veterans I would bring in on one-year deals.  The reason behind bringing in aging vets for small capital is that you do not want to block Plan A.  And in my mind Plan A is having Jeter Downs play second base and Jarren Duran play center field as soon as they seem ready.  

Firstly, I would bring in Jonathan Villar on a one-year $3 million deal.  This would be a pretty substantial decrease from last year, but he did not have a good season. Plus the switch hitter isn’t getting any younger.  A chance to play second base for Boston is a good opportunity.  As for the Red Sox, Villar was an offensive threat in 2019 and could provide a spark for the end of the lineup. 

Because I dealt Benintendi, I need to bring in some outfield depth.  I would also recommend that Michael Chavis plays a lot of left field leading into the season with the hopes he could serve as a super utility role.  Again I am handing out one-year flier deals on veterans to come in and compete for playing time.  Remember, these guys would fill in at the bottom of the lineup.  

Matt Joyce and Adam Duvall are both available and could be inexpensive to bring aboard.  Neither player will compete for an MVP Award, but there are reasons that they have been on Major League rosters for years and those characteristics could truly help out this big-league club.  Bringing in vets like this help round out your core but don’t clog up the pipes for the long term. 

I could be completely off, but whatever.  I used the tools at my expense and that is all I can really do.  If you were doing the math then you know that after all these moves that leaves the club $12.5 million to play with during the year.  If an outfielder or pitcher becomes available, I have left enough money to add without going over the Luxury Tax Threshold.  If the price to sign Brad Hand isn't too high, I would definitely spend some of this $12.5 mil on the lefty.  Additionally, if you want me to talk nerdy to you, the players signed don a collective 10.9 WAR.  Told you I would show my work if I had to…

Maybe you read this and think I should get a job in Major League Baseball (I know I do), or maybe you think I am a complete joke.
  Either way, this should be a reminder that there is still time for Chaim Bloom and company to gear up for a 2021 run and put a really competitive team on the field.

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