Boston Red Sox: 3 Possible MLB Winter Meetings Moves to Watch
It’s that time of year again baseball fans. The 2017 Winter Meetings are finally here, as they officially kicked off last night in Florida. While fans across the country will be keeping their eyes and ears open, it is the discussions that occur in Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort that matter most. One team worth keeping an eye on, the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox are coming off a season in which they finished 93-69. That was good for first in the AL East. As they entered this MLB offseason, they are a team that is certainly in contention headed into 2018.
Coming off a season in which they won the division, but exited the playoffs in the first round, the Sox know they need to make a few changes. The core of the team is in place. But some tinkering must be done to make this a true World Series contender. The New York Yankees acquiring Giancarlo Stanton shows they are willing to make moves, and Dave Dombrowski usually likes to do the same.
With that said, everyone who follows along with baseball knows the Winter Meetings are when the hot stove really gets the offseason going. After a very sluggish start, things really heated up these past few days with the Shohei Ohtani signing and Giancarlo Stanton trade shocking the baseball world.
But now that the meetings are here, let’s take a look at what could be coming in the next few days. In particular, we are here to look at three possible moves the X could make.
Boston Red Sox sign J.D. Martinez or Eric Hosmer
Now that Stanton is off the market, Martinez is the biggest name when it comes to power hitters. Hosmer on the other hand, is the biggest name in regards to corner infielders. It just so happens, those are both needs for Boston.
Power, in particular, is something the Red Sox are in desperate need of. So it comes as no surprise that they have been linked to J.D. since the start of the Winter. While the Red Sox do not have an obvious opening in the outfield, the DH slot is open, plus Jackie Bradley Jr. could be moved via trade.
As for Hosmer, he would slot right into the first base spot, allowing the team to move Hanley Ramirez to DH.
Red Sox bring Adrian Gonzalez back to Beantown
When a player is coming off a down, injury-plagued season, their value drops. When that player’s replacement turns in a campaign like Cody Bellinger did in 2017, that player becomes expendable. That’s exactly the situation Adrian Gonzalez finds himself in.
It also just so happens that Gonzalez used to play for Boston, meaning the organization is certainly familiar with him. Add in the fact that he could slot into either that first base or DH spot, and we certainly have a possible connection for a trade.
Two seasons ago, Gonzalez hit 18 home runs. Now, he is not at the same power levels he was in his prime, but the Red Sox would certainly sign for a 20 homer player. Especially, someone, they can likely acquire on the cheap.
Big swap with the Chicago Cubs
Hear me out on this. Theo Epstein has a very rich history with the Boston Red Sox organization. The Sox also need a big-time power bat, as mentioned before. David Price had the best seasons of his career under the tutelage of Joe Maddon and Jim Hickey.
Epstein is the Chicago Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations. Maddon and Hickey are the teams’ manager and pitching coach. The Cubs also have a big-time power bat in the form of Kyle Schwarber, who is best served as a DH. Meanwhile, David Price has not been the same since joining Boston. Oh, and the Cubs are still looking to add a starting pitcher.
See where this is headed? Sure it’s a longshot. But a Schwarber for Price type of deal certainly has some potential to shake up this year’s Winter Meetings.
So there you have it, folks. There will be plenty of moves over the course of this week. Will any of these moves happen? What moves do you want to see the X make? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!