Seven non-tendered Red Sox players could look to free agency

Seven non-tendered Red Sox players could look to free agency

Major League Baseball’s free agent market got a little deeper Friday night when several notable ones players eligible for arbitration were non-tendered contracts for their respective teams.

These players can now sign with any organization, including the non-tendered team, and some names may catch the attention of the Red Sox, for one reason or another. After all, Boston has a little more extensive to-do list this MLB offseason and some fresh free agents are leading the way.

Let’s start with the most recognizable addition to the free agent pool, before highlighting other untendered players who could theoretically be of interest to the Red Sox as they try to bolster their 2023 roster.

Cody Bellinger, OF
It’s been impressive to watch Bellinger’s decline since winning the National League MVP award in 2019, but the Los Angeles Dodgers’ decision not to tender the 27-year-old wasn’t all that shocking given his offensive performance during the last three seasons and the approximately $18 million he was scheduled to do so via arbitration for 2023. Bellinger is very likely looking for a one year contracthis agent, Scott Boras, told The Athletic, as signing him and having a good year would increase his value on the open market. next out of season And the Red Sox should seriously consider a chase

Bellinger’s ceiling (albeit with a low offensive floor) is attractive for a team that had poor field production in 2022 and has a remaining need on the turf. Aaron Judge is obviously the one MLB Offseason Awardbut after him and Brandon Nimmo (the clear second-best option available in free agency), the outfield class really thins out Even if Bellinger, a two-time All-Star, never replicates his ’19 campaign — .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBIs and 15 stolen bases — he’s young enough and solid enough in other areas (defense). and baserunning) to justify the risk.

Brian Anderson, 3B/OF
Anderson had some strong years with the Miami Marlins, including back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019 where he finished with at least 3.0 bWAR. Injuries have been a problem over the past two seasons, dampening his offensive output, but he will only turn 30 in May and is quite versatile given his ability to play useful defense at both third base and the outfield, where he would be . a more natural fit as a depth option for Boston.

Dominic Smith, 1B
The Red Sox not necessarily need Smith, a former top-100 prospect who never lived up to the hype with the New York Mets, is coming off an impressive 2019 and pandemic-shortened 2020 season in which he batted .316 with an OPS of .993 and 10 home runs in 50. games (199 plate appearances). He is a first baseman (with experience in left field), and Boston already has two first basemen (Triston Casas and Eric Hosmer). But he’ll only turn 28 this season, has some pop, and could be a prime candidate to break out with more playing time and the elimination of the MLB changeup.

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