3 Moves the Red Sox Need to Make Before the 2022 MLB Season Starts
The Boston Red rallied for an ALCS appearance despite finishing second in the AL East last year. This team exceeded expectations with a 92-win campaign and will do their best to get the momentum going.
Playing in the MLB's most competitive division means a continued focus on making improvements to the roster. Boston currently sits just fourth in FanDuel Sportsbook's odds to win the division (+500). With a few key areas of the roster still in need of fine tuning and the season less than one month away, here are three moves the Red Sox must make before Opening Day.
Red Sox Offseason Moves
1. Win Free Agency With a Freddie Freeman Signing
Boston has just $23.7 million in luxury cap space, but this sort of blockbuster moves trumps the rest. Recent rumors suggest the Red Sox are in on the Freddie Freeman biding and while they may be considered a longshot, it's something Chaim Bloom must explore. Aside from Carlos Correa, Freeman is the top player available in free agency. He's a bonafide star and the Red Sox would gladly shuffle Bobby Dalbec after an inconsistent rookie year. When this sort of star is available, you have to explore the option.
2. Flip J.D. Martinez for Depth
The potential addition of Freddie Freeman would leave J.D. Martinez on the outside looking in. The slugger did opt in for the 2022 campaign, but could easily be dealt to add depth around other positions of need. Boston may target additional outfield depth after bringing back Jackie Bradley Jr. But, the bullpen also needs carving out. Martinez should draw enough capital with the NL introducing a DH.
3. Sign Top Flight Relievers
Boston's bullpen ranked 13th in ERA (3.99) a year ago before imploding to a 5.23 mark in the playoffs. Adam Ottavino is gone and bullpen help is Boston's greatest current need. The luxury cap would be in a decent spot if the above moves take place. There's a number of available relievers and Boston should aim to make multiple signings instead of splashing for one bigger deal. Some possibilities include Andrew Chafin or Ryan Tepera.
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