The Red Sox could make Kyle Schwarber their DH
If JD Martinez does opt out, newcomer Kyle Schwarber would be a logical replacement.
The Sox acquired Schwarber from the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline, and he has a mutual option on his contract for the 2022 season. He quickly became a fan favorite.
Over 41 regular-season games for the Sox, Schwarber hit .291/.435/.522 with a .957 OPS. He had more doubles after the trade than he did in the 72 games prior.
Schwarber also has expansive postseason experience, including homering three times this postseason.
In terms of batting average, OPS, and both on-base and slugging percentages, 2021 was the best year of Schwarber’s seven-year career. His pre-season work with hitting coach Kevin Long totally revamped his swing, making him one of the most feared hitters in the game this season.
Schwarber’s outfield experience also makes him a natural successor for fellow outfielder-turned-DH, Martinez.