Major League Baseball’s free agent market got a little deeper last Friday night when several high-profile arbitration-eligible players weren’t offered contracts by their teams.
These players can now sign with any organization, including the no-bid team, and some names may catch the attention of the Red Sox, for one reason or another. After all, Boston has a fairly extensive to-do list this MLB offseason, and some new free agents hold the upside.
Let’s start with the most famous addition to the free agent pool, before we highlight the other no-bid players who could theoretically interest the Red Sox as they try to bolster their 2023 roster.
Cody Bellinger, OF
It would have been amazing to witness Bellinger fall since he won the National League’s Most Valuable Player award in 2019, but the Los Angeles Dodgers’ decision not to bid for the 27-year-old wasn’t shocking given his offensive performance over the past three seasons and nearly $18 million. He was expected to achieve it through arbitration for 2023. Bellinger will likely look for a one-year contract, his agent Scott Boras told The Athletic, as signing like this and having a good year will boost his value on the open market. next one off season. And the Red Sox should seriously consider stalking.
Bellinger’s cap (albeit with a low attacking pitch) is baffling for a team that has had poor overseas production in 2022 and has a need left on the turf. Aaron Judge is obviously the MLB offseason prize, but after him and Brandon Nemo (the obvious second choice available in free agency), the outfield class truly Eases. Even if Bellinger, a two-time All-Star, doesn’t repeat his 2019 campaign — .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBIs and 15 stolen bases — he’s young enough and has enough power in other areas. (defense) and primary operating) to justify the risk.
Brian Anderson, 3B/OF
Anderson had a few solid years with the Miami Marlins, including back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019 where he finished with at least 3.0 bWAR. Injuries have been an issue over the past two seasons, curtailing his offensive production, but he will only turn 30 in May and is fairly versatile due to his ability to play valid defense at both third base and in the outfield, where he would be better suited as a depth option. for boston.
Dominic Smith, 1b
Red Sox not necessarily need to Smith, a former Top 100 prospect who never quite lived up to his hype with the New York Mets, is off an amazing 2019 and 2020 season cut short by the pandemic as he batted . 316 with a . 993 OPS and 10 home runs in 50 games (199 plate appearances). . He’s a first baseman (with experience in left field), and Boston already has two first basemen (Triston Casas and Eric Hosmer). But he’ll only be 28 this season, have a bit of a pop and could be a prime candidate to get going with more playing time and a turnaround eradication across MLB.