Boston Red Sox: No need to make a big move this offseason

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Mookie Betts
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Mookie Betts /

After some big moves made by the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox ought to just continue building from within.

The New York Yankees do not rebuild. This has been proven time and again. They’ve always been a buying team. They bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox. They signed A-Rod in the early 2000’s, and Jacoby Ellsbury in the next decade. The Yanks make big moves. They got lucky when the club was able to develop Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

Otherwise, most of their essential acquisitions have been from trades or by giving top free agents massive deals that no one could deny.

Using the farm system has become the new idea. In the big leagues, you certainly either adapt or perish. That’s essentially what New York did at the beginning.

The Boston Red Sox were one of the first teams to really adopt this concept of developing kids in the farm leagues, rather than just using them as trade bait.

There are some issues that come with going either way as far as team building. If you build from within, you bring up prospects that have not played in the league yet. They will need time to grow and become acclimated to the life of a pro ball player.

If you spend a ton of money on a superstar, you have to make changes to accommodate for either their financial impact or the role that you promised they would play during your contract negotiations. It is a task that the Yankees have gotten used to.

Back to the task at hand

This is obviously supposed to be about our Red Sox, so let’s get back on track here. The team has one big choice to make: blow a bunch of prospects and a solid role player on a perennial all star (which is becoming increasingly more likely) or continue to build through your class A affiliates (Class A, Double A, Triple A). Both decisions would have their good sides and bad sides.

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I personally am leaning towards just keeping the players we have and continuing to develop the kids so that we have a well rounded team that can stand the test of time. I would rather do this than trade away a ton of potential for someone in their prime.

Boston does not need an all star slugger in order to win the AL East. They may not be the very best when it comes to collectively going yard, but they certainly aren’t the worst. On top of that, they have an ace who can strike out any batter in the major league. The Sox can also go from 1st to third unlike any other team I’ve seen.

Chances are that most of the players that the Red Sox are in the market for will either cost more money than what Boston should inherit, or the asking price will be too high for the team to willfully accept. Maybe a pitcher, like Ervin Santana, would be a suitable acquisition, but that’s about the only one I could see.

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Wrapping it all up

In conclusion, I don’t want to see a big move during winter meetings. I just want to see some current players be retained and for the team to make only trades and acquisitions that will boost the overall team, not the look of the team.

With that being said, the Boston Red Sox are a fantastic club, with or without a star slugger.