The Boston Red Sox have many holes to fill this offseason as they look to bounce back from another last-place finish in the AL East.
One of those openings is at catcher, where the team is looking for a more reliable receiver after trading longtime backstop Christian Vazquez to the Houston Astros last summer. According to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, Boston is considering several options behind the plate.
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While the Red Sox finished 2022 with Reese McGuire and Connor Wong sharing catching duties following the Vazquez trade, neither projects as an everyday starter. McGuire has never played more than 90 games in a season and is just a career .256/.301/.381 hitter, while Wong has just 33 MLB games under his belt and has posted an even worse .213/.290/.361 slash line. Both appear better suited for reserve roles, making catcher an area of need for Boston.
Three-time All-Star Willson Contreras is the top free agent catcher this winter, but the Red Sox appear to be shying away from him based on his considerable price tag. According to Rosenthal, the team is targeting alternatives on the trade market such as Sean Murphy, Alejandro Kirk, Danny Jansen and Gabriel Moreno -- none of whom are free agents.
All would represent substantial upgrades for Boston and have multiple years of team control remaining. While the Red Sox have tons of money to spend this winter, they've also expressed a desire to be aggressive at the trade table after years of building up the farm system.
Chaim Bloom and Boston's front office have put together a good list of options: now they just need to strike a deal for one.