Red Sox second base search turns toward top rival
The Boston Red Sox’ second base situation is dire. So they appear to be treading every possible path to land a legitimate starter at the position.
According to Jim Bowden, the former longtime major league exec who is now a national writer at The Athletic, second base is a “priority” for the Red Sox this off-season. To the point that they’ve even talked to … the New York Yankees?
Bowden reports that the Red Sox have already “engaged in talks” with both the Yankees about Gleyber Torres and the Cincinnati Reds about Jonathan India. Asked about the Padres’ Ha-Seong Kim in his original mailbag, Bowden says San Diego “is not looking to move him” but may consider a hypothetical trade offer like Tanner Houck and Red Sox second base prospect Nick Yorke.
Believe it or not, Torres is still just 26 years old and only two days older than India, having won the race to the major leagues by three seasons. Torres has established himself as a solid power-hitting second baseman at the highest level. His 49 home runs over the past two seasons are third in the majors among second basemen.
India, meanwhile, won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2021, when he hit 21 home runs with an .835 OPS, but has regressed in some areas over the past two years. He did, however, hit 17 home runs in just 119 games in 2023, a 23-homer pace.
Either India or Torres would represent a marked upgrade for the Red Sox at second. Boston’s current realistic options are Pablo Reyes and Emmanuel Valdez, who combined for eight home runs in 113 games last season. Ceddanne Rafaela is capable of playing second base, but he’s best suited as an outfielder.
The Red Sox could also look toward free agency for a second baseman. Whit Merrifield and Adam Frazier are among the most appealing options on the open market. Check out our full top-20 free agent rankings below.