Latest Red Sox rumors have them poised to make a big move
As expected, there has been no shortage of Red Sox rumors as the 2023 off-season rages on – coupled with a lack of actual action.
To be fair, there haven’t been many big moves anywhere, be it free agent signings or trades. The biggest move so far has been a re-signing, with Aaron Nola staying with the Philadelphia Phillies. But in Boston, there’s always unease about any kind of rumors with the Red Sox, because they’ve become infamous for showing interest in everybody, without actually getting anyone.
But the latest reporting from one of the top baseball insiders actually sounds encouraging. Jon Heyman talked about it last Wednesday, when he had the Red Sox still in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. Jeff Passan has since reported that the Red Sox have shifted their focus away from Ohtani, but are considered among the favorites for Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
The important part of Heyman’s insight, though, is that the Red Sox realize that they need to make a big move somewhere. Sitting on their hands and striking out entirely on the big-name free agents would be simply unacceptable, after the team has gone 78-84 and finished last in the AL East in each of the past two seasons, while languishing in the middle of the pack in spending. Heyman senses that a big move is inevitable.
“They need to do something big,” Heyman said. “People tell me that Boston is bound and determined to do something big. Whether it’s Ohtani, something else, they need to do, something.”
That may lead to an overpay for someone like Jordan Montgomery, who is literally living in Boston and has been linked to the Red Sox multiple times already. But that’s at least something for the fans to be excited about heading into 2024. Because the Red Sox have been devoid of excitement for two years running.
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