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3 First Basemen the Red Sox Need to Target This Offseason

Max Staley
Justin Smoak had 61 RBI in 2019.
Justin Smoak had 61 RBI in 2019. / Mark Blinch/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox had a down year in 2019, but they're still one of the most dynamic offensive clubs in the league. In fact, Boston scored 901 runs last season, which was the fourth-highest mark in the MLB.

While Boston's lineup clearly doesn't need too much re-tooling, first base is a spot the Red Sox could be looking to upgrade on, as Mitch Moreland is set to be a free agent. With that in mind, here are three first baseman Boston could target in free agency this offseason.

1. Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays

Justin Smoak hit 22 home runs in 2019.
Justin Smoak hit 22 home runs in 2019. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Justin Smoak might not be the best contact hitter around, but he's got a powerful bat and could add some pop to Boston's lineup. He's hit at least 22 bombs in three consecutive seasons and made an All-Star appearance as recently as 2017. He's not the flashiest acquisition, but Smoak could make a lot of sense for the Red Sox.

2. Eric Thames, Milwaukee Brewers

Eric Thames hit 25 home runs in 2019.
Eric Thames hit 25 home runs in 2019. / Rob Carr/Getty Images

Eric Thames is coming off arguably the best season of his career in 2019. The 32-year-old hit 25 home runs while batting .247 last season, and he's now hit at least 25 home runs in two of the last three seasons. Thames likely wouldn't command as big of a contract as Smoak, and he could be a solid rotational option in Boston.

3. Ryon Healy, Seattle Mariners

Ryon Healy hit seven home runs in just 47 games played last season.
Ryon Healy hit seven home runs in just 47 games played last season. / Elsa/Getty Images

Ryon Healy only appeared in 47 games last year, but he was productive in each of the last two seasons. He hit at least 24 bombs in 2017 and 2018, knocking in at least 73 runs in both seasons as well. Over the course of his career, Healy's 162-game average is 28.0 home runs and 86.0 RBI while batting .261. The 27-year-old is also significantly younger than the other names on this list, which is an added bonus.

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