Free Agent Options That Could Help The Red Sox In 2023
While this off-season has been tumultuous and filled with uncertainty for the Red Sox fans, the team still has enough money to bring in additional talent via free agency and bolster the roster.
With the injury to Trevor Story, the club is in dire need of help up the middle. And with about 20 million dollars left to spend before hitting luxury tax limits, one has to imagine that something will get done soon enough.
Let’s take a look at 5 potential free agents I could see the Red Sox pursuing with less than 30 days until pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers.
1. Elvis Andrus (Shortstop)
A veteran of 14 major-league seasons, Elvis Andrus is a two-time All-Star who has bounced around with a few different clubs over the past few years. At 34 years old, he may not be young anymore, but he could provide much-needed depth and veteran leadership up the middle.
Last season with the A’s and White Sox, he hit .249/.303/.707 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs in 149 games. If you’re into the advanced metrics such as WAR, Andrus rated as a 3-win player in 2022.
2. Jurickson Profar (Super Utility)
The former top prospect is an interesting option for the Red Sox as he can play every position on the diamond except catcher. He’s a swiss army knife type of player (think Brock Holt) who can give manager Alex Cora the options he needs night in and night out. Last season with the San Diego Padres, he hit .243/.331/.723 with 15 home runs in 158 games.
3. Jose Iglesias (Shortstop)
The former Boston shortstop is familiar with Fenway Park and all its quirks so bringing him back makes perfect sense. Over 118 games last season as Colorado’s starting shortstop, Jose Iglesias slashed .292/.328/.708 while also displaying more than adequate defensive skills at shortstop.
If they decide to go this route, he would bring much-needed stability to Boston’s infield defense due to the Trevor Story injury. Also, a familiar face that could gel well within the clubhouse and with fans.
4. Adam Duval (Outfielder)
A power hitter who can play all three outfield positions, Adam Duvall brings with him the potential for a lot of home runs. While he struggled last season due to a wrist injury, he still has plenty of pop left in his bat and is just two years removed from driving in 113 RBIs in 2021.
That added power threat could prove useful for a club that seems to be lacking in the power department after the departure of JD Martinez and Xander Bogaerts this off-season. If they do sign Duval, you could move centerfielder Kikè Hernandez back to the infield.
5. Josh Harrison (Super Utility)
Last season in 119 games with Chicago White Sox, Josh Harrison hit .256/.317/.687 with seven home runs while playing all over the diamond defensively, including second base, third base, and outfield positions.
His versatility would be a valuable asset if signed by Boston this offseason as they look to find someone who can provide depth across multiple positions on their roster. He wouldn’t be my first option, but he is definitely a name to consider.
With a few key pickups in free agency and team stability by the front office, the Red Sox front office can at least make 2023 worth tuning for Sox fans.
The five players mentioned above could prove essential to the Red Sox’s success and give them flexibility moving forward. While this current off-season has been a roller coaster of emotions for many Red Sox fans, it looks like there is still some light at the end of the tunnel.
Sometimes the moves you don’t hear about end up being the ones that have the greatest impact. Let’s not forget that in 2013, nobody expected anything from Boston, and they went on to win a World Series. You just never know in baseball.
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