There’s an argument to be made that the Boston Red Sox need a catcher upgrade. Christian Vazquez and Sandy Leon are capable defensive backstops, however. And with the amount of firepower in the Red Sox lineup, extra offense is a luxury.
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Boston’s bullpen isn’t necessarily a weakness, but none of its key setup men (Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes and Carson Smith) are ideal candidates to safely transfer leads to closer Craig Kimbrel.
Kelvin Herrera is perfectly suited for that job thanks to his elite velocity and strong control. And with a 0.66 ERA through 15 games with the Kansas City Royals, he’s as good as ever.
Herrera is due for free agency at the end of the year, so his acquisition cost shouldn’t be too high for a Red Sox organization that’s running low on talented prospects.
According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Cubs are expected to talk to the Orioles about Machado in the coming weeks. He’d be an upgrade over Addison Russell, not to mention be an allegedly much-needed offensive spark plug.
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The Cubs rank in the top five of the National League in OPS and runs, so rumors of their offense’s demise are exaggerated. At the least, they’ll eventually get more out of Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras.
The Cubs also have plenty of talent in their rotation and bullpen, but the latter is getting less help than usual out of lefty swingman Mike Montgomery (4.41 ERA). That’s a more reasonable place to seek an upgrade.nfl jerseys china
Plucking Hector Santiago (who was solid in seven relief appearances before moving to the rotation April 29) from the crosstown Chicago White Sox would work. He also wouldn’t cost the Cubs too much from a farm system that’s thinned out in recent years.nfl wholesale jerseys