With the Red Sox hiring Craig Breslow to be their Chief Baseball Officer last week and the annual baseball general manager meetings taking place in Arizona and Red Sox offseason has officially begun. The Red Sox sent out their official 40 man roster this week and wow, does this roster blow:
BOSTON RED SOX 40-MAN ROSTER (37)
Pitchers (21): Brayan Bello, Brennan Bernardino, Kutter Crawford, Logan Gillaspie, Tanner Houck, Joe Jacques, Kenley Jansen, Zack Kelly, Mauricio Llovera, Chris Martin, Bryan Mata, Wyatt Mills, Chris Murphy, Nick Pivetta, Nick Robertson, Chris Sale, John Schreiber, Brandon Walter, Zack Weiss, Garrett Whitlock, Josh Winckowski
Catchers (2): Reese McGuire, Connor Wong
Infielders (7): Triston Casas, Bobby Dalbec, Rafael Devers, David Hamilton, Trevor Story, Luis Urías, Enmanuel Valdez
Outfielders (5): Wilyer Abreu, Jarren Duran, Rob Refsnyder, Alex Verdugo, Masataka Yoshida
Infielder/Outfielders (2): Ceddanne Rafaela, Pablo Reyes
At his introductory press conference last week Craig Breslow said “Starting pitching certainly stands out as an area of need and I think some players coming back from injury and being able to solidify middle infield defense will add to that. I think there are some guys internally that we are excited about that may be able to take a step forward but that’s certainly one. If you look at the overall construction of the roster, there’s a possibility that maybe we add a right-handed bat to even out some of the platoon asymmetry.” I think “platoon asymmetry” means the Red Sox are looking at a player like Whit Merrifield, who I love and have loved for many years. The Athletics Jen McCaffrey floated Whit Merrifield as a possibility earlier this week.
From Ian Brown on “X” – Scott Boras on if he thinks the Red Sox will be more aggressive after the shift in management: “We met with them as we do with new presidents, general managers, they certainly appeared as though they really wanted to remove themselves from the standing of where they’re at now and get to a competitive level so that was a very clear message on their part.”
The Red Sox need to set tone and make a move this week. Let their actions of aggression match their words of being aggressive. MY hope is that we look back at this Red Sox off season as a positive, franchise altering one rather than add it to the list below of terrible Red Sox off seasons.