It’s been said that with a World Series trophy on the mantle in the offices at Yawkey Way that the Boston Red Sox are exempt from making a major move this off-season. Re-signing Mike Napoli could be put in the major category but ultimately it’s referring to the signings of Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and other high priced free-agents that the Red Sox have decided not to engage in.
Now we hear that after a handful of moves that saw Ben Cherington ink reliever Edward Mujica to go alongside the Napoli signing and the A.J. Pierzynski deal, the Red Sox may be ‘finished’ their bold moves this winter and focus more on the ‘opportunistic’ moves in the New Year.
This could spell the end to any speculation that Boston may be in on the Shin-Soo Choo sweepstakes, although those rumors have dampened lately.
Cherington and John Farrell both stated they would be happy with having Jackie Bradley Jr. as the starting center fielder come Opening Day and given the deal that Choo is seeking, reportedly between Jayson Werth‘s $126 million and Ellsbury’s massive 7-year and $153 MM, the Sox may decide to pass on him as well.
With the market for Stephen Drew slowing lately, the Red Sox have also expressed the intent on waiting that market out. With Drew being tied to a draft pick, it’s difficult to say when or where he’ll sign this winter, making a reunion with the Red Sox a possibility. That may be a January type deal that Cherington was referring to.
The bullpen is all but set and the rotation could see a starter traded at some point this winter, although nothing that would qualify as major.
What do you the reader think. Should the Red Sox be content with the moves they’ve made thus far and refrain from handing out that massive deal to Choo that could handcuff the franchise down the road? You be the judge and take part in our poll.