The Boston Red Sox have several things to do in the offseason before thinking about getting out of last place in the AL East.
With a 78-84 record, Boston was bested by all teams in their division, and they could lose, among others, their best player: Xander Bogaerts.
The organization is already in contact with Scott Boras, his agent, to try and bring him back.
That doesn’t mean he will solve all the issues on the squad, though.
Contenders need a solid bullpen to even think about making it to the playoffs, and the Red Sox’s was just not good this past season.
The unit finished with a collective 4.59 ERA, the fifth-worst in the majors.
Evidently, the group needs a lot of work to be a finished product.
Boston Has Its Eye On Lugo
Boston is reportedly interested in a top reliever from the free agent market.
“Red Sox are being ‘linked’ to reliever Seth Lugo, per @ChrisCotillo. He’s coming off another solid season in 2022, with a 3.60 ERA/3.76 FIP across 65 IP. 9.6 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. In 14 of his outings this year, Lugo recorded more than 3 outs. Versatile arm,” podcaster Tyler Milliken tweeted.
Red Sox are being “linked” to reliever Seth Lugo, per @ChrisCotillo.
He’s coming off another solid season in 2022, with a 3.60 ERA/3.76 FIP across 65 IP. 9.6 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9.
In 14 of his outings this year, Lugo recorded more than 3 outs. Versatile arm.pic.twitter.com/SeR5ChyE5C
— Tyler Milliken ⚾️ (@tylermilliken_) November 10, 2022
Lugo will be 33 soon, but has compiled an above-average 3.48 ERA in a brilliant MLB career to this point.
He has been one of the most reliable arms in the New York Mets’ bullpen in recent years, but he might not be a priority signing for them because they have to retain Jacob deGrom and put some focus on a rotation that is also losing Chris Bassitt and Taijuan Walker.
His best years are probably behind him, but that doesn’t mean he can’t contribute some solid innings of an ERA below 3.80 for a couple of extra years.