Red Sox: Ranking Boston’s nine upcoming free agents by importance
#7: Red Sox RP Matt Strahm
Coming in at number seven on my list is relief pitcher Matt Strahm. This was a tough one. Two relief pitchers are up for a new contract at the end of this year and I decided to put first-year Red Sox reliever, Strahm here at number seven.
I do not know if it is recency biased or what, but I do not mind letting Strahm walk away. It is hard to see consistency with Strahm. His career ERA is like a wave. His ERA has gone from 1.23 up to 5.45 down to 2.05 up to 4.71 down to 2.61 up to 8.10 down to what is currently a 3.52.
I really do not like seeing that in a pitcher. I would understand if the good and bad seasons were clumped together. That would make me more comfortable with him, but the fact is he shows very little consistency. He does make me happy that by looking at his stats he should have a good year this year.
I feel like the Boston bullpen always has a few slots that are a revolving door anyway, so it would not surprise me no matter how well Strahm does if he does not return.