The Boston Red Sox‘s 2022 season is falling apart.
Chris Sale suffered a finger fracture soon after being activated from a season-long absence related to his ribs, All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers is currently on the injured list with right hamstring inflammation, the pitching is in shambles, and the defense is atrocious, to put it lightly.
Boston is no longer in possession of a postseason spot, but still aren’t that far back.
They are 49-50, occupying last place in the AL East.
The season can still be saved, but the franchise needs to act quickly, and make the right moves.
Bringing back Danny Santana is not the move that will get the Red Sox closer to contention.
“Source confirms: Red Sox bringing back Danny Santana on a minor league deal. Depth move. @redsoxstat noticed it first,” MassLive.com’s Red Sox beat writer Chris Cotillo tweeted.
Source confirms: Red Sox bringing back Danny Santana on a minor league deal.
Depth move. @redsoxstats noticed it first.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 28, 2022
Santana is a 31-year-old player with a .255/.296/.413 career line and a .709 OPS.
He has a hard time getting on base consistently and his power is limited.
However, since he can play several positions adequately, he could be viewed as useful depth to have around.
Boston Needs More Than Just A Depth Piece
He is no savior, though.
In any case, Boston needs more than a savior.
They have proven to be incapable of winning games in the AL East, and need several pieces to move back into contention.
A depth piece like Santana won’t move the needle much.
Fans would love to see them call up Triston Casas to take over first base once and for all, fortify the pitching, the bullpen, and the defense; but above all things, the would love for the team to get healthy.
With a 4.24 ERA, the Red Sox’s bullpen is the second-worst in the American League.
There are lots of weaknesses to address.
Can the Red Sox use the trade deadline to put together a strong, competitive team for the second half?