The Red Sox Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Yankees

Devon Platana
The Boston Red Sox should steal free-agent 1B Anthony Rizzo away from the New York Yankees.
The Boston Red Sox should steal free-agent 1B Anthony Rizzo away from the New York Yankees. / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox returned to the MLB postseason last year after a two-season absence, losing to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. With the AL East being tougher than ever in 2022, Boston could turn back to free agency to add another key piece for a potential World Series run.

One available name that the Red Sox can still add is three-time All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Not only would the 32-year-old veteran give them a boost but it would also steal him away from the rival New York Yankees.

Red Sox Free Agency

Rizzo split the 2021 MLB season between the Chicago Cubs and Yankees, seeing a total of 496 at-bats. By the time the campaign ended, he finished with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs while slashing .248/.344/.440.

Some people forget it, but Rizzo was actually selected by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft. He was traded away before he could ever play a game, so a reunion would finally allow him to suit up for the team that brought him to the MLB.

Boston already has Bobby Dalbec at first base, who was solid in a breakout season. Nevertheless, Rizzo is the better defender of the two — especially as a former four-time Gold Glove winner — and also adds more veteran experience. He has a World Series title under his belt, which could be attractive to a Red Sox team looking to win their second championship in five seasons.

Adding someone of Rizzo's caliber is crucial if the Red Sox want to compete in the AL East. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving them the fourth-best odds to win the division (+500), while the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays are tied for first at +210.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.