Red Sox Free Agency Odds
The MLB offseason is underway, if you can believe it. Historically, trades and free agent signings happen after Thanksgiving. Going back to 2004, Theo Epstein was hoping to land a start to go with Pedro Martinez and had Thanksgiving with the Schilling family. He ended up landing the right handed pitcher and they went on to win the World Series. Thinking back on that, the things Epstein did to improve the Red Sox in the mid 2000’s are like folk tails. Many were excited when Chaim Bloom was relieved of his duties and it was laughable some considered Epstein to be the successor. The Red Sox had many candidates decline to even interview for the job of chief of baseball operations.They landed on former pitcher Craig Breslow. The closest thing to Epstein the Red Sox could get close to. He did work under him in Chicago and got the recommendation for the job.
One thing is certain regarding Breslow, he will have a working relationship with his former teammate and current manager Alex Cora. His biggest priority is front line starting pitching. He also will not be afraid to move on from young prospects. Defense is also a priority considering how bad they were last season. They are looking for a second baseman and another right handed bat. The question is will ownership spend the money. According to super agent Scott Boras, the Red Sox intend of being aggressive this offseason. We can certainly use the buzz to get people interested in watching the team past August.
Next Team Odds in Free Agency per Draftkings
Shohei Ohtani- +1300
Aaron Nola +550
Blake Snell +1000
Aroldis Chapman +800
Jordan Montgomery +800
Sonny Gray +800
Rhys Hoskins +750
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Breslow can start his regime with an impact signing and if ownership opens up the checkbook.