Red Sox Rumors: James Paxton reunion?, Marlins trade chatter, Teoscar Hernandez

Boston sounds like they could start making some moves here very soon.

Aug 16, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher James Paxton
Aug 16, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher James Paxton / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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This offseason so far for the Boston Red Sox has felt more like the same old thing than a sea of change under Craig Breslow. While teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Braves, and even the Royals have been aggressively reshaping their rosters, the Red Sox have done very little outside of making a deal with the Yankees to send Alex Verdugo out of town and trading for the oft-injured Tyler O'Neill.

The Red Sox couldn't get Ohtani to sign and Yamamoto spurned them as well. Fortunately, with both of those players now off the market, the rest of the offseason can actually begin and it does seem like the Red Sox could be big players the rest of the way (we hope). Here is a look at some the rumors swirling around Boston as we enter the holidays.

Red Sox interested in free agent outfielder Teoscar Hernandez

In a free agent market that is not deep whatsoever when it comes to offensive talent, Teoscar Hernandez's bat stands out. While Hernandez only managed a 105 wRC+ last season with Seattle, he averaged an .852 OPS the previous three seasons and Seattle can be a tough environment for offense. The Red Sox do already have several internal options right now to fill all three spots in the outfield, but Boston still is showing interest in Hernandez along with the Angels.

For the Red Sox, this has to be all about depth and options. With Boston trading Verdugo away and losing Adam Duvall to free agency, adding an experienced bat that could provide some power with so many inexperienced and/or uncertain options in the outfield is certainly logical. Hernandez could also get some time at DH to make the playing time work out especially if Boston deals away Triston Casas this offseason to acquire a starter.