After finishing in last place in the AL East for the second time in three years, the Boston Red Sox have a lot of work to do this offseason. Much of that work will need to be done in free agency, where the Red Sox have roughly $100 million to spend this winter.
With so much money coming off the books, here are three players Boston should look to sign with MLB free agency opens on Thursday.
Boston Red Sox Free Agency
1. Xander Bogaerts, SS
Bogaerts is officially a free agent after opting out of the remaining three years and $60 million on his contract. The Red Sox have already stated that re-signing Bogaerts is one of their top priorities this offseason, and they should look to lock him up as soon as possible. Bogaerts has been an integral part of the team for the past decade, helping Boston win two World Series and setting numerous franchise records at shortstop since debuting in 2013. A fan favorite and valued clubhouse leader, Bogaerts is a player the Red Sox can't afford to lose, especially after botching the Mookie Betts situation.
2. Brandon Nimmo, OF
Boston desperately needs to add another bat to the outfield, and Brandon Nimmo would fit the bill nicely for a few reasons. For starters, he's a quality all-around hitter with good average, on-base and power tools, as evidenced by his career .269/.385/.441 slash line. He's also athletic and capable of playing all three outfield positions, which gives the roster additionally flexibility. Lastly, he's spent his entire career with the New York Mets, so he's proven that he can perform in a big market with large expectations. Nimmo may not be the sexiest free agent out there, but he looks like a great fit for the Red Sox and should have several more productive years ahead of him heading into his age-30 campaign.
3. Carlos Rodon, SP
The Red Sox rotation struggled to find quality innings last year and is in need of a new ace with Chris Sale's constant injury woes and Nathan Eovaldi departing in free agency. Enter Carlos Rodon, who is coming off back-to-back All-Star seasons. The southpaw has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball since the beginning of 2021, going 27-13 with a 2.67 ERA, a 2.42 FIP, a 1.00 WHIP and a 12.2 K/9 over the past two years combined. Similar to Nimmo, he's only going to be 30 next season and has pitched well in big markets (Chicago and San Francisco). Boston needs to invest in an arm, and Rodon would be a great addition to the top of the rotation.