The Boston Red Sox just made a slew of decisions regarding their own players and free agency. J.D. Martinez made a decision of his own to opt in for 2021. With those moves done and others hanging in the balance, it’s time for Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom to focus on improving the Red Sox via free agency.
Regardless of what happens internally, Bloom indicated when he spoke to reporters on Sunday that the Red Sox expect to be open to bigger spending opportunities (read: better players) in the 2021 free agency pool than they were in 2020.
“We anticipate adding externally as the offseason goes on, nothing that happens [with internal moves] will change that,” Bloom said. “Obviously you have to look at everything, you have to plan for everything. There are parameters. We have to make sure we’re planning properly. But we’re fortunate, here, that we have the ability to take advantage of good opportunities when they’re there.”
What kind of moves can we expect the Red Sox to make in free agency, or even on the trade market? Bloom sounds like he’s open to whatever. Most importantly, his tone suggests that the Red Sox are back to being the organization fans are used to following this time of year, that they could pull off something big and bold for 2022 and beyond.
“Really, we’ve been telling teams, agents, everybody, ‘It’s business as usual, we’re ready to roll,'” said Bloom, who added that “there’s been a lot of conversation” about players and moves that are likely to continue at Major League Baseball’s GM Meetings, which start Tuesday in Carlsbad, Calif.
Bloom also acknowledged that the Red Sox are better positioned in 2021 than they were in 2020 to outbid another team for a free agent who was extended a qualifying offer. Inside the organization, the Red Sox gave lefty Eduardo Rodriguez a qualifying offer of a reported $18.4 million, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.
Rodriguez can accept the offer or decline it and become a free agent. If he signs with a new team, the Red Sox will receive draft pick compensation.
Among the most notable names among the free agents are Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Freddie Freeman, Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, and Corey Seager. Bloom has already proven able to find good value in small-to-mid-level free agents. It’ll be interesting to see the direction his front office takes if and when the Red Sox finally spend on impact players.
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