It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox could be in some potential trouble, regarding their starting rotation.
With Chris Sale now on the 60-day IL with a stress reaction, the Red Sox need somebody to step in and replace the production that he was delivering.
Sure, James Paxton has been a nice surprise for this Red Sox staff. But can we as fans really rely on Paxton to stay healthy for the rest of the season? That’s a question that remains to be seen.
We know that Chaim Bloom loves to make moves. Some that turn out really good. Others that turn out really bad and we still talk about them today!
One move that’s potentially sitting out there is Guardians pitcher Shane Bieber. Could he be the answer to the Red Sox starting rotation problem? One could argue that yes, it very well could be the answer!
Boston Red Sox getting an established arm in Shane Bieber
Bieber is an exciting arm to watch in the MLB today. He is a two time All-star with the Cleveland Guardians (2019 and 2021) along with winning the Cy Young award in 2020 in the COVID shortened season.
Besides those awards, the ERA numbers with the 6-foot-3 righty are impressive. In the Cy Young 2020 season, Bieber had an eye-popping 1.63 ERA. In 2022, Bieber posted a 2.88 ERA.
The ERA is up a bit this season, being at 3.57 currently. But the great thing is that the starter keeps the Guardians in games by keeping runs off the scoreboard. Can’t ask for too much else if you’re a manager!
Boston Red Sox getting an affordable arm in Shane Bieber
Besides the talent, the Boston Red Sox wouldn’t be breaking the bank on Shane Bieber.
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The former 2016 fourth round pick is only making $10 million for this season. He has another year of arbitration before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2025.
Say the Red Sox made the move to get Bieber, they could play the wait and see game. If Bieber delivers, then you can sign him to an extension of reasonable value. If he underperforms, you let him walk after next season.
I’d say that’s more than reasonable, especially where Chaim Bloom likes to find those good value deals.
Red Sox adding Shane Bieber would be amazing
If I’m trying to improve this rotation for the Boston Red Sox, I’m 100 percent checking in on what it would take to get Bieber in here.
Plus, there are people out there that think the Guardians will get rid of the starting pitcher by the trade deadline anyway!
Of course, a lot of this is situational too. If the Red Sox are out of it by the deadline, then they should just sell and trim fat where it’s necessary.
But if they are still in the hunt and they’re an arm away, and Cleveland is looking to give up Bieber anyway; then the move needs to be made.
This is also the type of move that could potentially save Chaim Bloom’s job.
A solid starter in a rotation with a lot of young and upcoming talent in the rotation? Sounds good to me!