Boston ‘High on the List’ for All-Star Free Agent

Boston ‘High on the List’ for All-Star Free Agent

The Red Sox are reportedly a legitimate contender to land one of the best bats available in Major League Baseball free agency.

Boston will be “high on the list” of possible landing spots for José Abreu, as reported by Bruce Levine on a recent episode of the “Inside the Clubhouse” podcast (h/t MassLive ). Other realistic options for the Chicago White Sox first baseman are the Chicago Cubs, the Miami Marlins and the World Series champion Houston Astros.

“When you talk about the Boston Red Sox, when you talk about the Houston Astros, when you talk about Miami, those are true for Abreu,” Levine said. as transcribed by MassLive’s Christopher Smith.

The Red Sox could soon need a middle-of-the-line bat, like both of them Xander Bogaerts i JD Martinez are free agents (the latter did not receive a qualifying offer from Boston). While Abreu is still a capable first baseman — he started 128 games at the position for Chicago last season — the 35-year-old would ideally serve as the Red Sox’s designated hitter if he were to sign. Boston’s hope surely is that Triston Casas establishes himself as a stalwart at first base and dominates the position for years to come.

Boston ‘High on the List’ for All-Star Free Agent

Abreu is just two seasons away from winning the American League MVP award, albeit in a season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His offensive numbers took a noticeable dip last season when he hit just 15 home runs with 75 RBI despite playing in all but five games for the White Sox. However, Abreu hit 30 homers and drove in 117 runs the year before.

Another advantage of acquiring Abreu is that the Red Sox – or any other team – can sign him with no strings attached. As Smith noted in a column published Sunday, teams don’t have to give up pick compensation in order to ink Abreu, as he received a qualifying offer from the White Sox in 2019.

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