Red Sox C: Kevin Plawecki
This one hurts as it’s pretty clear that Kevin Plawecki is one of the biggest glue pieces for this team. It was his love of Calum Scott’s cover of “Dancing on my Own,” that fueled the Red Sox to within two games of the World Series. He’s also proven to be a phenomenal player off of the bench and whenever he gets subbed in it feels like he makes the most of the opportunity.
That being said, the soon-to-be 31-year-old catcher will be a free agent after this season and could fetch some prospects in return for his services. His tenure in Boston has seen him have two of the best seasons of his career and with things on an uptick, the interest could be there for him.
I’ll admit that I was going back and forth between Plawecki and Christian Vázquez as it feels like one of them will get moved. Due to the $7M payday Vazqy just got from the Red Sox I doubt he’d be the one to get the call. Bloom is a bit of a madman though and he very well could flip Vázquez and retain Plawecki as the veteran with Connor Wong and Ronaldo Hernandez next in line.
Big Pleck has quickly become one of my favorite players on this squad and I’d hate to see him go. Unfortunately for him, free agency is looming after this year and with some good young prospects behind him in the depth chart, he could see himself as the odd man out in the long run.