Boston Red Sox: 2 players who need to be dropped from the lineup now

Bobby Dalbec #29 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Bobby Dalbec #29 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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Boston Red Sox first baseman Bobby Dalbec (29) Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports /

Boston Red Sox player who needs to get dropped from lineup No. 1: Bobby Dalbec

This always felt like a make-or-break year for Bobby Dalbec, and so far, his prospects of sticking around on Boston’s roster don’t seem good. With the trade deadline approaching, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a potential replacement for Dalbec be brought in as the Sox try to make a playoff push.

Dalbec used a strong second half in 2021 to earn himself a spot on the roster this season, but so far he has looked lost all season long. He only got his batting average above .200 midway through June, and even that doesn’t paint the full picture of how bad Dalbec has been. He has just six home runs so far, and drove in just his 20th run of the season last night against the New York Yankees.

The Sox weren’t counting on Dalbec to hit for average, but every now and then he’s got to hit one out of the park, or at least drive in a few runs, but his lack of run production has been astonishing. He’s getting outplayed by Franchy Cordero, who didn’t even start the season in the majors and is playing out of positon just to get at-bats on a nightly basis.

Dalbec just turned 27 at the end of June, and he appears no closer to figuring things out than he did when he was promoted back in 2020. He rarely gets on base, strikes out a ton, and hasn’t hit home runs, which has been his calling card early on in his career.

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Similar to Bradley, Boston doesn’t have a ton of options with Dalbec. Cora is going to have to get him out of the lineup at some point, because he’s basically fielding an eight-man lineup when he pencils in Dalbec. If you can trade him, you may as well, becasue sooner or later, there won’t be a spot on the roster for Bobby Dalbec. It’s only a matter of time.