5. James Paxton
This one is cheating a bit since Paxton was already shut down for the rest of the season, but yeah, he’s definitely gone this winter.
That’s not a knock on Paxton, who was one of the team’s better starting pitchers this year. He turns 35 in November, however, and has missed a ton of time with injuries in recent years. The veteran lefty hasn’t pitched a full season since 2019, and there’s a good chance he never does again.
Big Maple will be a free agent this offseason, and the Red Sox should be targeting someone more durable and with fewer health issues. They already have an injury-prone lefty, after all, and his name is Chris Sale.
I’m glad Paxton was able to give us something after missing all of 2022 with injuries, but Bloom missed out by not trading him at the deadline.
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