With September looming and the Boston Red Sox in the basement of the American League East, offseason moves are inevitable. For many current players, this may be their last month in a Red Sox uniform.
It’s no secret that Boston will be big buyers this offseason, with pitching most likely the primary focus. While there are no clear details about who the Red Sox will go after just yet, it’s safe to say that no one is safe, with the exception of designated hitter David Ortiz and second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Otherwise I believe that in eyes of the front office everyone else is expendable.
One major target for Boston could be Miami Marlins‘ slugger Giancarlo Stanton who is due for arbitration this offseason. If the Red Sox are serious about acquiring the Marlins’ star they are going to have to put together a big package that could include several of their stockpiled outfielders along with some of their young pitching prospects. That means there may be no Jackie Bradley Jr. or Yoenis Cespedes come Opening Day 2015. Boston may never get to see the talented Henry Owens pitch for their MLB club either, but it’s a price they are willing to pay.
Obviously that is all speculation at this point but given the overload of outfielders and young talent in their farm system, it seems all but likely the Red Sox will be looking to make some major deals come November. There are several players I believe are absolutely going to be gone, Bradley Jr. being one. Another is Will Middlebrooks who I think has tested Boston’s patience enough over the last two seasons and hasn’t shown enough to be a valuable piece for the club’s future.
With one month to go before a disastrous season finally comes to an end, fans need to enjoy seeing some of these guys in a Red Sox uniform for their last days. Many of them were part of a World Series Championship and will live on in Red Sox history. Unfortunately changes need to be made. Although seeing guys leave can obviously be tough and disappointing, it’s business. I for one am excited to see what kind of trades Boston will make and who they will bring in to make themselves contenders again.
In the meantime I’ll enjoy seeing some of these current Red Sox play together for one more month.