As mid January of the new year is upon us Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski’s shopping list is still unfinished. First the signing of free agent David Price to a seven year deal was good but not enough.
Second year man Eduardo Rodriguez did an admirable job but was only up for three quarters of the season. Certainly not long enough to be counted on as a second starter. After that it’s Rick Porcello, Joe Kelly, and of course Clay Buchholz. Buchholz had his usual half a season but went down with a mid season arm injury. But for thirteen million a year that makes him attractive to any team and that s the exact reason why the Sox hang on to him. The next area the bullpen long time closer Koji Uehara should come to camp healthy. But Dombrowski added ex Padre closer Craig Kimbrell to be the closer and also picked up ex Mariner Conner Smith as a setup man. If both can pitch in Fenway then Dombrowski hit a home run.
As for the offense the Sox have a couple of red flags to deal with. First Hanley Ramirez’s four year eighty eight million dollar contract. The experiment in left field failed which leaves first base or DH as the only two options left. Ramirez has weight issues and his work ethic is questionable. If he comes to spring training overweight the Sox may have only one option and would be to designate him for reassignment. After Ramirez is third base man Pablo Sandoval Sandoval signed a whopping long term contract but his performance was not even close to his worth. His eleven home runs and forty some rbi’s is certainly not worth a long term deal. The Sox would be far better off platooning super sub Brock Holt and second. year man Travis Shaw. Shaw showed good versatility by playing both third and first and has a nice swing for Fenway Park. For the money the Sox would be far better off with Holt and Shaw both are versatile and hustle.
Their’s still plenty of time for GM Dombrowski to make some more moves. Preferably for a right handed second starter.Signing Price and Kimbrell was good but not even close to competing against the Yankee’s. The Yankees’s last week obtained left handed flame thrower Orlandis Chapman from the Reds. GrantevChapman has off field issues but also has been clocked at 104mph.