Red Sox RF: Seiya Suzuki
This is my other big change from the roster of 2021. All winter long we’ve seen Seiya Suzuki hanging out and palling around with Red Sox legend Koji Uehara and the bridge feels like it’s built. For most of the offseason, Boston has been the favorite to gain the services of the Japanese superstar and I align myself with that belief.
Adding his power bat alongside his strong defense to this lineup could mean bad things for the league. One of the best offenses going adding in one of the best hitters Japan has to offer could only mean good things. Granted, we know how international signings can go as Boston has seen the best and worst, but I have faith in this one.
Suzuki has nine years under his belt playing professionally in Japan and is ready to test himself in MLB. As winter turns to spring his list of suitors has grown but thanks to Koji it still feels like the Red Sox have the hot hand.
Seiya is a career .309/.402/.541 hitter with 189 bombs and 621 RBI. He does have a penchant for the strikeout as he has a 631/524 K/BB mix but Fenway Park will absolutely lend itself to his power.
Of course, we have no idea where Suzuki will go and we also have to think about the Kyle Schwarber elephant in the room. The Sox could easily find a way to make both work but I think one fully plays a part in the other.