This year has been a very disappointing one for the Boston Red Sox. One of the reasons is because some of the prospects that Boston was hoping would do well really, really struggled. Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley, Jr. have both struggled quite a bit all year. One young player that seems to have met every challenge so far, however, is Mookie Betts. Now the question is, what to do with him?
Betts has shown that he has the makings of being a pretty dynamic player. He has a great ability to get on base, shown some surprising power, has game changing speed and, for someone who is still learning the position of centerfield, he looks pretty decent out there. At first it might have seemed that Betts was out there playing every day to showcase him to other teams. However, the more he plays, the more Boston might be apt to hold on to someone who is becoming their best prospect.
Boston is going to be looking for starting pitching during the offseason and Betts will be at the top of every team’s list. I do worry about right field though, and that’s why the Red Sox should keep Betts. Shane Victorino has shown that he is pretty fragile and breaks down easily. It’s uncertain how much you can count on him for next year. Allen Craig is not much of a defender. If Rusney Castillo was moved to right and Betts was in center, Boston could have an amazing outfield.
There’s enough good free agent pitchers on the market and Boston has enough money where they don’t need to give up a prospect like Betts to get what they need. He can be a special player for the Red Sox for years to come.