3 Red Sox roster changes we’d already make
By Tim Boyle
2) Red Sox roster change: It’s time to cut ties with Yu Chang
It makes sense why Yu Chang is on the Red Sox roster but it also doesn’t. The versatile infielder can fill in at any position as needed. He’s almost a zero at the plate, though. The Red Sox knew this coming into the year.
The Red Sox are getting into dangerous territory with the construction of the roster. Bobby Dalbec is back and sharing time at first base with Triston Casas. That limited platoon almost makes Chang a little more necessary because the Red Sox don’t have as many backup options up the middle and over at third base.
Enrique Hernandez can fill this need in an emergency situation. The problem is the Red Sox need him to start at shortstop. What’s the solution if they move on from Chang?
Niko Goodrum is currently in the minors for the Red Sox. He is a much more proven MLB hitter than Chang and arguably more versatile. The benefit of Goodrum is his history of playing the outfield as well. Designating Chang for assignment and promoting Goodrum feels like a necessary move for Boston to make sooner than later.
Chaim Bloom needs to remain active on the waiver wire as well. Players like Chang can become available. There are affordable and attainable upgrades out there.