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    2023 Free Agents

    We dropped the ball this year. The top free agents are:

    Looking at guys under 35:

    Offense
    1). Aaron Judge (by far the top player in free agency and we lack power)
    2). Tre Turner (the best player in free agency and we have two shortstops)
    3). Nolan Arenado (the best 3rd baseman in the league, and we have a good one)
    4). Anthony Rizzo (we need a first baseman)
    5). Josh Bell (about the same as Hosmer)
    Pitching
    1). Carlos Rodon
    1). Aaron Nola
    3). Jacob deGrom (injury prone)
    4). Clayton Kershaw (not sure why we didn't show interest last year, he's still solid)
    5). Luis Severino

    Our FA effective guys:
    Nathan Eovaldi (need to sign him)
    Michael Wacha (he was a surprise)
    JD Martinez (we need a DH, his power stats may be down, but he can still hit)
    Chris Sale (injured)
    Eric Hosmer (injured)

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    The first step is what happens to Bogaerts. I am ambivalent about bringing him back - but bringing him back at a reasonable number is a fine move. But if the team is bullish on its internal options for SS (see Marcelo Mayer), I could see the team signing a shorter term solution at SS. I dunno.

    The team needs a 1B in theory - but they traded for Hosmer, so we're stuck with him.

    The team needs production from RF. Judge would be great - but even just finding a decent platoon would help.

    I am in favor of re-signing Eovaldi, but not at a big number. Ditto for Wacha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk7326 View Post
    The first step is what happens to Bogaerts. I am ambivalent about bringing him back - but bringing him back at a reasonable number is a fine move. But if the team is bullish on its internal options for SS (see Marcelo Mayer), I could see the team signing a shorter term solution at SS. I dunno.

    The team needs a 1B in theory - but they traded for Hosmer, so we're stuck with him.
    Not Casas?
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    It's not a good FA class for what the Sox need.
    Quote Originally Posted by A Red Sox fan named Hugh View Post
    Prediction: Sox will make MAJOR move within the next 180 hours…..starting now (10:00PM Chaim Bloom Time 12/9)

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    I agree that the first step has to begin with Bogaerts. That impacts our decision on free agency. If we can't sign him at near fair market value, we still have Story who can move over and Arroyo who could play 2nd backed up by Kike, who we already signed. Devers is a fixture at 3rd. I don't believe we should resign JDM as he is on the decline and it will likely get more pronounced. With Verdugo an acceptable left or right fielder and Refsnyder at least a 4th outfielder, it looks like we should go for a center/right fielder and a DH who can back up at 1st base as Casas is by no means a proven commodity. McGuire at catcher needs either a back up or a first string.

    Aaron Judge would be a great acquisition but probably the contract requirements would be so unreasonable that it would tie the Sox hands for years to come. The Rays aren't paying any one player huge money and yet remain competitive. Something to keep in mind. Huge long term contracts come with huge risks and need to be avoided.

    I haven't looked into the best option for the outfield but would go for a young and up and coming player. For DH/1st base, I still see CJ Cron as someone we should sign. Catcher is very tricky as there are few top of the line catchers on the market.

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    Not saying these will be or should be Sox targets:

    C: Contreras 31, Narvaez 31, Vaz 31
    1B: Rizzo 32, Bell 30
    2B: KWong 32, Frazier 30
    SS: TTurner 29, Bogey 30, Correa 28, Swanson 29, Anderson 30
    CF/RF: Judge 31, Nimmo 30, Kiermaier 33, Haniger 32
    DH: Mancini 31 (1B/LF)

    Other SP'er not listed: (QO Wacha or Nate?)
    Bassitt 34, TAnderson 33, Manaea 31, M Perez 31, Taillon 31

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    Not Casas?
    Casas is possible, but there is the DH ... so it is sort of either/or ... fortunately finding a competent DH should be pretty easy

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    We could see a rotation of 1B/2B/LF depth as our DH, but not all these guys can fit on the bench, when you go with 13 pitchers:

    Casas
    Hosmer
    (Dalbec-Cordero AAA?)
    Arroyo
    EValdez
    Pham
    Refsnyder
    (Rafaela/Kavadas/Abreu AAA?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvp 78 View Post
    It's not a good FA class for what the Sox need.
    Top non-pitching priorities for Boston need to be Bogaerts and Brandon Nimmo

    Top pitching priorities need to be Wacha, Fulmer, and Rafael Montero…

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk7326 View Post
    Casas is possible, but there is the DH ... so it is sort of either/or ... fortunately finding a competent DH should be pretty easy
    Josh Bell is a good DH option. I disagree with him being a top 5 free agent.

    Or you can always unload Hosmer for a DH another team doesn’t feel good about paying for anymore (Hunter Dozier? Marcell Ozuna? Jorge Soler?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by notin View Post
    Josh Bell is a good DH option. I disagree with him being a top 5 free agent.

    Or you can always unload Hosmer for a DH another team doesn’t feel good about paying for anymore (Hunter Dozier? Marcell Ozuna? Jorge Soler?)
    Hopefully not Ozuna, that dude is a piece of shit human.

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    As much as I've been complaining about how weak a DH rotation might look, I can't see spending very big on a DH.

    We need:

    1. SP (Wacha? Trade for Lopez or Beiber?)
    2. SS/2B (Bogey, Swanson, K Wong?)
    3. CF/RF (Nimmo?)
    4. RP (several options)
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    Need a corner OF with power. Also need 2 good bullpen arm along with a a starter. If Bogey leaves then they will need another infielder. Lots of work to do. They will probably go with Casas at first. If not I'd sign Rizzo as he can probably get him for a decent price

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsoxrules View Post
    Need a corner OF with power. Also need 2 good bullpen arm along with a a starter. If Bogey leaves then they will need another infielder. Lots of work to do. They will probably go with Casas at first. If not I'd sign Rizzo as he can probably get him for a decent price
    Rizzo has a $16mill player option, which guarantees he will cost more and get a QO.

    A 1b is a waste of money for a team that already has two under contract for next season and both at league minimum. Three if you count Dalbec…

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    Some targets for Bloom:

    Mark Melancon - near 5 ERA and -1 WAR

    TJ McFarland 7 ERA -1 WAR

    Sergio Romo 7.55 ERA -0.8 WAR

    All fit a Chaim bloom bullpen and I think he’ll target them all

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