Boston Red Sox Rumors: Time To Stay Put For Dave Dombrowski
But according to several reports, the team was never close to a Frazier trade or even looking at Robertson.
Both players were traded on Tuesday night to division rival New York Yankees. A trade that saw Chicago continue to stockpile their ever growing pool of prospects.
New York has gotten better, to the point of a World Series or division title?
But enough to ruffle Dave Dombrowski’s feathers?
Boston is in need of late inning arms. But Joe Kelly will be back soon, Carson Smith could be returning, and Brandon Workman has shown the ability to work in late innings. Boston’s bullpen has been overworked as of late, and that creates the perception of need.
But in reality, the teams biggest need is in the lineup. A lineup that has lacked pop as of late. Missing out on the home run hitting Frazier is fine, he isn’t a difference maker, he isn’t a great player.
The question has become, is it worth giving up assets for a power hitting third basemen?
The current combination is Deven Marrero and Brock Holt. A combo that defensively, is great. But this duo isn’t going to be hitting a lot of long balls or extra base hits. Missing out on Frazier shows Dombrowski is unwilling to part with the assets needed to land a player of Frazier’s stature.
Many theorized following the Frazier trade, that Boston was waiting on one of their own. Rafael Devers. A player that up until recently was playing in AA-Portland.
Devers has the ability to provide the pop the Boston Red Sox offense needs. But publically, Dombrowski has stressed that they want to take their time with Devers. Possibly it is because of his defensive struggles, or the fact that expecting immediate impact from a 20-year-old is not a sure thing.
Boston’s best bet for pop comes from a one-year rental. A player like Frazier could have been it. But some say they are eyeing a familiar face.
Oakland A’s infielder and former Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie is reportedly available. The switch hitter is hitting a respectable .272 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 83 games. Not a big pop, but it is more productive than anything they are receiving now.
In 67 games this year Nunez is batting .297 with 4 homers and 25 RBI. He’s also got 17 steals, something Boston can use. But once again the pop isn’t there. Harrison is on the same level with the 30-year-old serving in a Brock Holt type role for the Pirates.
The Boston Red Sox do not have any easy answers at third, their best bet was Travis Shaw, a boat that has long since sailed away. What Dombrowski does here will ultimately decide little to nothing on this seasons outcome.
If a Devers call-up is in the future, great, but otherwise the best road forward is the one of little action.