Are the Red Sox gearing up for an aggressive offseason? It certainly seems like it.
During a press conference back in early November, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom told reporters the team was looking to add to the roster externally. It’s not uncommon for a front office executive to make such a comment, but early reports indicate that Boston’s brass is ready to put their money where their mouth is.
Within days, the Sox were linked to their first big name of free agency in starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. The 29-year-old has thrown just two innings since 2019 due to a run of injuries and Tommy John surgery, but was still viewed as one of the top arms on the market.
Syndergaard ended up signing with the Los Angeles Angels on a one-year, $21 million deal. Still, after the deal it was reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network that the Red Sox were also in on Syndergaard, for what would have been a high-risk, high-reward move.
Later Tuesday afternoon, Heyman reported the Red Sox “are among many teams showing interest in Javy Baez.” The 28-year-old middle infield is viewed as one of the ‘big five shortstops‘ in this year’s free agency class – a group the Red Sox have already been linked to. With so much talent available up the middle, and a possible position switch and/or contract opt out coming for Xander Bogaerts, the move would both be a splash and logical acquisition for the Red Sox.
Of course, interest hardly guarantees anything. The Red Sox gained a reputation as the ‘interest kings‘ last winter. But the team is hardly sitting on its hands looking to improve a roster that reached the ALCS last season.
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