The Boston Red Sox have had an interesting offseason.
Despite making a few moves to strengthen the ballclub, fans are still frustrated with the front office for being unable to re-sign Xander Bogaerts, even after the Rafael Devers extension.
Things got even worse on Tuesday when it was announced that star shortstop Trevor Story would be out for an undisclosed period after undergoing surgery on his right elbow.
The Red Sox will now look to find a temporary solution while Story is out.
As of now, the plan appears to be to move super utilityman Enrique Hernandez to shortstop.
But Red Sox analyst Jared Carrabis pointed out that if the Red Sox are planning to do that, they’ll need to add an outfielder who can play solid defense.
If the plan is to move Kiké from center to short in the absence of Trevor Story, the Red Sox cannot enter the season without adding an outfielder with solid to above average defense to replace him. The bar is so low. I just said let’s go get someone that’s at least semi decent.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) January 11, 2023
For the Red Sox, there are still plenty of potential avenues to explore.
The team could look to add a shortstop or infielder.
Players such as Elvis Andrus, Josh Harrison, and former Red Sox player Jose Iglesias remain unsigned.
In terms of outfield production, they could potentially look into somebody like Trey Mancini.
That could also give them an offensive boost while they wait for Story to return.
Regardless, of what they decide to do, fans are still hoping for something to happen.
The team has added Justin Turner and Masataka Yoshida to bolster their lineup.
But with Bogaerts gone and Story out, offensive production may dip slightly.
Still, there is time to make another move to help offset the loss of Story.