The Boston Red Sox are about to embark on their 2020 journey. Sadly, a lot of Red Sox fans are giving up on 2020 before it starts. We all know by now that Mookie Betts is gone. It's a glaring hole in the organization. BUT...the Red Sox have a lot of money freed up for the next several seasons. With that being said, let's make some way too early predictions on who the Red Sox pursue during the 2021 off-season.
YEP! The guy you just traded for should be your biggest concern in the off-season. We all know the Red Sox tried to do this with Jon Lester several years ago. Unfortunately, Lester took his talents to Chicago and helped the Cubs win the World Series in 2016. Re-signing Mookie would be similar to the Aroldis Chapman situation in 2016. Chapman was traded to the Cubs at the deadline, and then re-signed by the Yankees in the 2017 off-season. The Red Sox could pull this off as well. They have one of the highest payrolls in baseball. They'll need somebody to bring a spark to their lineup once J.D. Martinez (probably) leaves after 2020. Also, Mookie wanted to come back! So, why not bring the guy that grew up in your minor league system back home?
Marcus Stroman has been one of the more underrated names in the MLB. You can't help but respect Stroman's heart and passion on the mound. Right now he is in the final year of his current contract as he goes into his first full season with the New York Mets. Stroman will be 29 and ready to compete with a contender. Think about it, he's been with the Blue Jays and the Mets. Those aren't necessarily the best teams to be on if you want to contend for a World Series right now. The Red Sox could benefit from having another right handed pitcher in the rotation. Stroman's stuff on the mound is unreal when it's all moving. Plus, he's pitched in the A.L. East and has proven he can pitch well against all A.L. East teams. If I'm Chaim Bloom, I'm at least in play for Stroman next off-season.
This would be an intriguing option for the Red Sox to look into seriously. Trevor Bauer would be perfect on a one or two year deal with the Red Sox. Keep in mind, Bauer was just an All-Star for the Indians in 2018. Sure, he's a bit outspoken and has some unusual interests. But the guy is exactly what the Red Sox need in their rotation. A veteran guy that tells it like it is and has really good stuff, similar to Stroman. Having Bauer in the rotation makes the Red Sox a more balanced staff and can help the Red Sox contend in 2021.
The Red Sox will need to make some moves next off-season. There are some other really good names on the board. But the Red Sox need starting pitching and they need their prized right fielder back. I want this team to be competitive again. If 2020 proves to be another down year, let's get it right for 2021.