Boston Red Sox Need A Solution At Third Base Soon If They Hope To Compete Down The Stretch And Into The Playoffs
Earlier on Monday I wrote a piece calling for the release of Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval and how it is the best thing for the team. Now if Boston does this they will need to make a move to find a third baseman who is capable both on offense and on defense.
Rafeal Devers Is Not Ready For Boston, But He Is For Pawtucket
Boston’s best third base option in the entire organization happens to be Rafael Devers who is currently playing for the AA-Portland Sea Dogs, but he isn’t ready.
Boston needs to take all the development steps with Devers, who is 20. Devers should be a September call-up and not the solution at third base this season. A stop gap solution at third base ensures Devers a chance at the starting job in 2018.
Moving him to Pawtucket is a step in the right direction to ensuring he is ready for Boston come next season.
Make A Trade For A One Year Stop Gap
The best thing for Dave Dombrowksi to do is look for a third baseman via the trade market. This must frustrate fans who watched Dombrowksi flip Travis Shaw to the Brewers and seeing Shaw produce well for Milwaukee as their starting third baseman. But if the Sox hope to win anything this season they need a third baseman who can help them as a team.
Boston doesn’t have to go crazy and trade the farm for a major league third baseman, they simply need to find one in the last year of their contracts to provide a bridge to Devers. Think Todd Frazier, Mike Moustakas, and Trevor Plouffe, all of which fit the bill for the prior mentioned requirements.