The Boston Red Sox lost in the ALCS to the Houston Astros in 6 games this season. They fell two games short of making it back to the World Series for the first time since 2018. A rocky season filled with ups and downs came to a disappointing end. They maintain confidence in themselves as a group and will look to bounce back come spring training.
The Boston Red Sox started off the 2021 season with a 3 game series against the Baltimore Orioles in which they lost. Following that series, Boston went on to win 10 of their next 11 games. They were one of if not the best teams in the American League for a good portion of the season.
With that being said they also had some bad skids. They got hit with the covid outbreak after the all-star game, losing Xander Bogaerts, Kiké Hernandez, and Matt Barnes for periods of time.
It obviously affected them in the short term being down key players, but potentially it also hurt long term. Barnes was not the same player after his bout with covid, he was voted an all-star reliever, but then come the postseason he didn’t make the ALDS or ALCS rosters. That was the start of the Red Sox bullpen issues.
Red Sox to Re-Sign
Kyle Schwarber was added by the Red Sox via trade from the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline. Schwarber’s bat was a huge addition to an already talented Red Sox lineup. He was willing to make a switch from outfield to first base to help the Red Sox. He hit 32 home runs this season, to go along with 71 RBI’s and a .266 batting average.
Schwarber should be interested in re-signing with the team as he seemed to have good chemistry with the rest of the ballclub. If he continues to practice playing first base, he could have a huge role next season in Boston.
J.D. Martinez has been with the Red Sox since 2018. He has reached a player option and has the ability to become a free agent. Martinez is 34, and has never been an outstanding fielder. But his bat has made him an extremely valuable player for the Red Sox. He hit .286 with 163 hits and 28 home runs. His bat is still very much all-star caliber, but he is best suited to be the Red Sox DH.
Eduardo Rodriguez is a player the Red Sox should make an offer for, but they shouldn’t be shelling out too much money for him. Eduardo Rodriguez is a really solid pitcher, but he is at best the third guy in the rotation. He had a career-low 4.74 ERA this past season. He did miss all of the shortened 2020 season due to a heart condition, but he could be a great third starter for the Red Sox. If another option in free agency arises and Rodriguez asks for a lot of money the team has to consider their options.
Load Up on the Pitching
We saw this postseason the Red Sox have some very talented pitchers, but they used them with little consistency this postseason and that is something they would like to fix for next season. Finding a solid starting rotation, as well as a consistent bullpen rotation can really help in the postseason. Having a designated closer has to be on the Red Sox mind.
Garrett Whitlock and Tanner Houck both showed that they belong in the major leagues this season. Whitlock was as good as they get in relief and Houck showed he has the makings of a dominant pitcher.
Max Scherzer, Robby Ray, Kevin Gausman, Raisel Iglesias should all be on the Red Sox radar as free agent pitchers.
Evaluate the Prospects before Shipping them Off
The Red Sox and Chaim Bloom have built a solid group of prospects in the farm system. Guys like Triston Casas, Jeter Downs Jarren Duran, and recent draft pick Marcelo Mayer.
Duran Saw time with the Red Sox this season, he didn’t shine in his opportunities but he has the potential. Kiké Hernandez is going to be entering the second year of a two-year deal so the Red Sox may need a center fielder sooner rather than later.
Casas is one prospect to look out for, he is a third baseman, the Red Sox currently has Rafael Devers, an all-star third baseman. So potentially they could move one of them for another team that needs to come next season if the situation arises.
The second base is currently a need for the Red Sox, Jeter Downs, who came in the Mookie Betts trade is supposed to be that guy. He is supposed to be the Red Sox’s second baseman of the future.
Chaim Bloom and Red Sox have acquired all these talents through the farm system, there is no reason to rush right now to trade them out for a “win now” move when the current roster is ready to win.
Can the Red Sox Make the World Series in 2022?
Absolutely. They came up two games short this year, the majority of their roster is under contract and returning next year. They only have some small holes to fill this off-season. Chaim Bloom saw where they failed this year, he and the team have an idea of what they need to fix, and I would not at all be surprised to see them make a run next season.
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