Winter is coming. So is the MLB hot stove, with plenty of buzz surrounding the Red Sox.
Boston finished in last place in the American League East for the fifth time in 11 years, and that has insiders thinking Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom might be ready to wheel and deal.
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The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham believes several current New York Yankees and New York Mets players could be on the Red Sox’s radar:
RHP Jameson Taillon: A good No. 4 option.
UTIL Matt Carpenter: Here’s a player who could DH 75 times and get starts at first, third, left, and right.
RHP Chris Bassitt: He’s been one of the best and most reliable starters in the game for two seasons.
OF Brandon Nimmo: The Sox could use him at the top of their order.
RHP Edwin Díaz: The Mets will make it hard to pry him away.
However Abraham doesn’t believe Boston will reel in two of the biggest free agents hitting the open market.
OF Aaron Judge: It’s fun to think of the Red Sox trolling the Yankees by signing Judge. But the Yankees can’t let that happen.
RHP Jacob deGrom: With fragile Chris Sale already on the payroll for $29 million, can the Sox take a chance on spending even more on deGrom? That seems highly unlikely.
Abraham also doesn’t believe Boston will be interested in former Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, currently on the Yankees’ injured list.
But the scribe does think some former Yankees and Mets pitchers could be bound for Beantown.
Corey Kluber (ex-Yankees starter): Kluber has a home in the Boston area and could be a low-cost rotation option.
Noah Syndergaard (ex-Mets ace): His fastball was hit hard this season.
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Abraham also believes former Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, coming off a four-year, $68 million contract with the Red Sox, could be ready for another tour in Boston, but warns “He’ll go to the team that offers him the best deal.”
Of course, how much the Red Sox have to spend depends on if they can re-sign shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who’s expected to opt out of his contract, and if they can sign All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers to a long-term contract extension.
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