After signing left-handed relievers Matt Strahm and Jake Diekman, the Red Sox have been quiet in the trade and free-agent market since the end of the lockout. In that same time, other teams around the AL East are improving in key areas.
After acquiring him last July, the New York Yankees re-signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo on a two-year deal for $32 million, as first reported by Eric Hubbs of Barstool Sports.
Rumors indicated that New York had interest in free agent Freddie Freeman, but went with a cheaper deal for Rizzo. Following the trade, Rizzo hit .249 with seven home runs in 49 games in pinstripes.
North of the border, the Toronto Blue Jays remain active in building their roster after they acquired former All-Star third basemen Matt Chapman from the Oakland Athletics for four prospects, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Chapman regressed offensively in 2021, but still remains an elite defender at the hot corner. An offensive bounce-back would make this deal a slam dunk for Toronto.
With teams around the division making moves, Boston has areas to do the same. Chaim Bloom will look to stay diligent, with plenty of key players still on the market as Opening Day approaches in three weeks.
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