Beyond the starting pitcher market, don’t be shocked to see the Red Sox involved with a major reliever.
Rafael Soriano? Why not?
The Sox can’t be completely sold on Andrew Bailey as their closer. John Farrell loves Junichi Tazawa’s potential, but Soriano (another Boras client, who opted out of the last season of his deal with the Yankees) is tempting.
“The closer market is one that feeds off the starter market,” Boras said. “There are clubs who may not get done what they want to get done with their rotation. They’ll do more to strengthen their bullpen.
“As time spins it out, teams have to evaluate. And it’s a little easier in this market because we’re seeing mid-level players make $13 million a year. The value of a closer has been historically more valuable than mid-level players.”
The Red Sox have the pieces in place for a good bullpen, but their starting rotation needs major improvement, and that’s the toughest part of this major renovation.