3 free agents the Boston Red Sox should try to sign after the MLB lockout

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The Boston Red Sox appeared to just be getting underway with their offseason bucket list when the MLB offseason was rudely interrupted by a full-scale lockout. In another sense, the lockout may have unintentionally saved the Sox from themselves, as they made some truly puzzling moves before the lockout commenced. Here’s hoping they can readjust their strategy and come out firing when the lockout is over.

It’s not as if all the big names have come off the board yet, so Boston will still have some time to add some more star power to their team when the offseason resumes. So far, Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and the Sox front office have largely cheaped out in free agency after they utilized the same strategy at the trade deadline. Overpaying for inconsistent arms like Michael Wacha and James Paxton doesn’t put this team any closer to a championship unfortunately.

Considering Boston has already brought in Wacha, Paxton, and Massachusetts native Rich Hill, it seems unlikely they will dip back into the pitching market too heavily, unless it’s for bullpen help. While you can make an argument that there are still holes on the pitching staff, it’s clear the lineup is now in need of some help, especially after they traded away one of their best hitters in Hunter Renfroe for virtually no reason.

There are still a ton of bats on the market, as many of the moves to open free agency saw starting pitchers find new homes. And while there is currently no baseball activity ongoing, that hasn’t stopped the Red Sox from getting rumored to pretty much every name available. So with that in mind, lets take a look at three free agents that the Boston Red Sox could target once the MLB offseason resumes.