The Boston Red Sox let the MLB Trade Deadline pass without making any major moves, only trading away OF Shane Victorino and trading in reliever Ryan Cook from the A’s. Not that we expected any major moves, considering the Red Sox have nothing left to fight for this season, as they are 48-61 (entering Friday’s games), placed dead-last in the AL East and logged half-a-game above the A’s, who are last in the AL Wild Card Race. Still, it is a sad tale to note how badly the Sox have fallen from one of the hottest preseason teams in the online betting odds to win the 2015 World Series to a shockingly pathetic team that can barely win three games in a row.
A Closer Look at the MLB Betting Analysis on Red Sox’ Recent Trade Activity
The Red Sox are a broken record in need of fixing in pretty much all areas. The pitching has been really bad, lingering between poor and downright horrible, with a team ERA of close to 5.00, the worst mark in the NL.
Meanwhile, Pablo Sandoval is no longer the batting ace he was at San Francisco. For the season, Sandoval has posted an uninspiring average of .262 with just 9 home runs. And making matters for the former San Francisco star, the Red Sox still owe him a ton of money ($17.6 million in 2016, $17.6 million in 2017, $18.6 million in 2018, $18.6 million in 2019 and $17 million with a team option of ($5 million buyout in 2020.
If the Red Sox cannot find a team to relieve them of Sandoval and all that money, which doesn’t look likely anyway, it’s going to be a hell of a road for the hitter, who has been a disaster at third base this year. Hanley Ramirez, the other major offseason signing, is clearly not an outfielder and the team needs someone to take up that role.
Simply put, the Red Sox need to revamp the entire starting five in the rotation and get some decent offensive additions as well.
Front Office Changes Also Needed
And speaking of revamps, Boston’s front office also needs some major overhauls. Boston’s John Farrell (GM) and Ben Cherington (executive VP and GM) have seemingly run out of ideas on how to improve the team, and the sooner the Red Sox nation can realize that, the better it will be for them, as they get the best people to lead them.
Final Remarks on the Boston Situation
As things stand currently, there is really not much to hope for in the Boston team. So unless some drastic changes are made to the team soon, the Red Sox are headed for their third last place finish in four seasons and probably much worse in the coming seasons.