Red Sox need some roster exit velocity to jettison underachievers
By Rick McNair
Exit velocity is a statistical rage and the Boston Red Sox have that with startling numbers especially Rafael Devers. What they now need is roster exit velocity.
The opportunity is now ripe to get a kick-start for 2020 and cut the roster. To paraphrase The Godfather: “Nothing personal, just business.” Players know that, especially players who have bounced around organizations and even within the organization. The Red Sox have no qualms about choking down contracts and it should start now.
This season has clearly shown some players are like the appendix which has no known value. Some of the players may even be classified as above average, but the reality is most are below average, disappointing, and have careers that may soon end.
After a disappointing season, expect a housecleaning so this represents an early start with a look at who may go and who really should go. Most are rather obvious and the problem is limiting it.