While the Red Sox haven’t made the blockbuster moves fans hoped they would make, the moves that they have made are the right ones. But there are still great players that the Red Sox must resign before they focus on bringing in new players.
I know what you may be thinking. ‘Why should the Red Sox resign a guy who had a 6.20 ERA with a 29% winning percentage’. Because, if you dig a bit deeper you soon realize the Sox could add some solid depth for cheap. Cashner was truly terrible as a starter, that is something you can’t argue. BUT, as a reliever, he is not that bad at all.
Andrew’s relief ERA of 3.86 is tied fifth among Boston relievers who have played at least 20 games. On top of that, his wins-loss rate goes from 2-5 as a starter to 1-1 as a reliever, which is obviously a massive improvement. He also went from having more hits than strikeouts and flipped it, and a virtually 1:1 walk to strikeout ratio into far more strikeouts than walks. Add that to the fact he gave up a total of one home run as a reliever, and you’ve got a guy you can trust.
The market doesn’t exactly recognize a guy of his value, as many only look at the numbers and what Cashner did badly. But combine his promise as a reliever to the fact he could come cheaper than any other guy, and a genius move appears out of nowhere. The move could also allow the Sox to move Workman to their Closer full time, which he excelled at last year once he earned the role.
Moreland, coming off an All-Star campaign, looked numbers-wise to have actually improved. His batting average and home runs increased despite playing 30 fewer games than the prior season. This was mainly due to the call-up of Michael Chavis, who the Sox looked to develop while splitting time at 1st and 2nd base.
Moreland should probably not come back as a starter, as Chavis looks to have loads of potential at the position. But if they get Mitch on a deal similar to his contract from 2014-16 with the Rangers (about $3 million per year, with $5 million in his final year), it should be a no-brainer to bring him back as a depth option. Right now the market seems a bit slow for him, so a deal back with Boston is more than just on the table.
Holt is much more important than the prior two entrees. In fact he could be seen as a priority for Boston, a team seeking a solid starter at second base. Among the current second basemen in free agency, Holt is one of if not the best value signing. His batting average is an astounding .297, and the ability to play virtually any position is a huge bonus.
Brock has been paid far lower than he should have over the past few years, so we should expect him to ask for around double his pay(from $3 to $6 Million). A few teams are most likely in play for him, but the Sox can probably grab him for slightly less than what other teams are offering. His connection to the culture of Boston is ingrained in him.
Holt has been huge for the Sox since his arrival in 2013. By 2014 he was batting .280 while playing mostly right field and third base. After an All-Star appearance in 2015, he fell off for a couple of years due to a lack of playing time. But when Pedroia began his unfortunate fall, Holt was right there to continue dominance at second. He has since averaged .286 over the past two years, with a .297 average in the postseason over his career. Brock remains a crucial piece in terms of utility, leadership, and chemistry that is crucial for Boston’s renaissance next season.