Tensions are starting to boil among Boston Red Sox fans at this point in free agency. The team has made moves solely on the margins at this point, while other contenders have acquired significant talent to actually boost their championship hopes.
After falling out of the Yoshinobu Yamamoto race, many are wondering which big name left on the market Boston could target to fill its starting needs. Unfortunately, it turns out the Red Sox might have a much smaller budget than anticipated.
Sean McAdams reported Sunday on potential next steps for baseball exec Craig Breslow in the wake of Yamamoto signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In a conversation with one team official, they noted the arm of a talented veteran like Jordan Montgomery "would be too expensive for the Red Sox’s current budget plans."
""When I suggested free agent Jordan Montgomery as a good fall-back option, the official scoffed and offered that even Montgomery would be too expensive for the Red Sox’s current budget plans."- Sean McAdams, MassLive.com
Considering how money was of a little importance when the club won two World Series in the 2010s, this sudden change in stance is shocking. Montgomery isn't even a top-tier free agent, either, as other marquee names like Yamamoto, Aaon Nola, Eduardo Rodriguez and Sonny Gray have all come off the board before him.
Fans are, rightfully, furious about this news. Their ire is squarely on owner John Henry, whose disinterest in fielding a contender lately has directly led to Boston's demise.
Henry's reputation continues to simply sink lower and lower. Not only does his resistance to spending show a lack of respect for the diehards who continue to follow this team, but his grating behavior as well.
The most frustrating part of this is fans can only sit back with their hands tied. It's Henry's call at the end of the day, and he seems much more interested in treating this team as an investment asset than a business he wants to propely spend on.
As a result, those in Boston could be in for a long winter of disappointment when it comes to free agents.
In other Red Sox news: