Red Sox Free Agent/Trade Options to Replace Dustin Pedroia
By Lyle Bellamy
Neil Walker may be one of the most underrated free agents of the offseason. He hit .265 with 14 home runs this year between the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers, and at Fenway, he could really put up decent numbers from the bottom of the lineup. He has two twenty home run seasons under his belt, and Fenway could work to his advantage from both sides of the plate in terms of average and power numbers.
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Being on a serious postseason contender would most likely be enticing to Walker. He was on the Pittsburgh Pirates when they pushed into the postseason as a Wild Card team a few times, but Walker has never been on a team that won a division. The Red Sox will be looking to win their third AL East title in 2018, and that could be a selling point for Walker, who at 32 still may have a couple of decent years left.
He could contribute to a team that should be determined to push farther into the playoffs than the divisional series and hopefully push for a pennant. There is a lot to be addressed this offseason for that to happen, but Walker and the Red Sox front office should look at each other as solid options.