Red Sox: Reacting to MLB Trade Rumor’s free agent predictions

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The Boston Red Sox have four free agents this offseason on MLB Trade Rumors’  Top 50 list. They predict that all but one will be wearing a different jersey on Opening Day 2019.

The World Series Champion Boston Red Sox have some choices to make this offseason. Seven of their players are free agents. Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi, Ian Kinsler, Steve Pearce, Drew Pomeranz, and Brandon Phillips will all have the chance to sign elsewhere.

In their top-50 free agent predictions, MLB Trade Rumors has Kimbrel, Kelly, and Pomeranz all ending up on different teams, with Eovaldi coming back to Boston, and the Red Sox signing lefty reliever Andrew Miller from the Cleveland Indians. They also list Kinsler as an honorable mention, though they don’t predict where he will sign.

Dave Dombrowski recently mentioned that all of the Red Sox’ free agents have expressed a desire to come back to Boston, but that probably isn’t realistic or practical. They have a limited amount of money they can spend, even with lots of money coming off the books. So they will need to take a look at their options, both internal and external, and make the best decisions possible.

Let’s take a more in-depth look at MLBTR’s predictions.