July 24, 2021

Boston Red Sox Offseason Target: Blake Treinen (Over the Monster)

I don’t know that it’s fair to say the Red Sox desperately need relief help. They are returning their entire group from last season and had a solid performance from those guys in 2019. There is also a reasonable expectation for improvement simply from having full seasons of guys like Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez on the major-league roster. Obviously nothing is guaranteed, but it’s certainly not impossible to talk yourself into the group as it is currently formed.

That said, it is also fair to say this is far from an elite group as it is currently formed, and that’s even with relatively optimistic projections. If you throw in the possibility of regression from someone like Brandon Workman and the league adjusting to the likes of Taylor and Hernandez, well, things get dicier. So, the Red Sox may not need relief help, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a little more. The thing about bullpens, particularly with rosters expanding by one spot in 2020, is that there’s always room for one more. Just ask the Yankees, who have been stacking elite or near-elite arms at the back of their ‘pen for years now.

That the Yankees come up in this conversation is not a…

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