10 free agents the Red Sox should target when the lockout ends

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 10: Kyle Schwarber #18 of the Boston Red Sox hits a solo homerun in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 10: Kyle Schwarber #18 of the Boston Red Sox hits a solo homerun in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 25: Brad Miller #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on September 25, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 25: Brad Miller #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on September 25, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Red Sox free-agent target – IF Brad Miller

While the left side of the Red Sox is locked in for the foreseeable future, the right side is far more uncertain. Bobby Dalbec and Christian Arroyo both had their moments last year, but they each have had their struggles against right-handed pitchers.

Chrisitan Arroyo: Career .213 AVG against righties
Bobby Dalbec: Career .730 OPS against righties, .877 OPS against lefties

The Red Sox need a left-handed hitter to platoon at both the first base and second base position, and no free agent fits the bill more than Brad Miller. Miller’s plate discipline struggles and inability to hit lefties would likely get exposed as an everyday player, but he can provide significant value as a strong-side platoon option. He is a career .245/.329/.451 hitter against righties, well above both Dalbec and Arroyo. He is also coming off a season in which he homered 20 times in just 331 at-bats, a rate that would have been the best on the Red Sox last year.

Though no one would confuse Miller with a Gold Glover, he can provide defensive value with his versatility. He has over 100 career games at first base, second base, and shortstop, providing capable defense at each position. There are not many left-handed hitters who can play each of those three positions, and he is the perfect fit to fix that hole on the Red Sox roster.