By Terry Cushman – @AVIDBOS_PODCAST
Nolan Arenado: Who doesn’t love Nolan Arenado? We north eastern sports fans seldom ever see a lot of west coast baseball, let alone national league west coast baseball. Arenado will soon get his moment in the spotlight with the 2017 NL MVP award. For the last three straight years, Arenado has consistently hit near or above 40 HR’s and 130+ RBI’s. He is a career .300 hitter, and to go along with his monster slugging, Arenado is also a four time gold glover. Boston could potentially have one of the best defensive infield’s if they were to trade for, or eventually sign him.. He has a Pedroia-like influence on his Colorado Rockie’s. Arenado’s passion and willingness to win is highly contagious amongst his teammates. But unlike Pedroia, he would never sell out his bullpen to a punkish division rival. Arenado has the potential to be a better all around player than Wade Boggs, and more beloved in Boston than former World Series MVP, Mike Lowell. Landing his services seems like an impossible dream, and for now, many of us will.
Giancarlo Stanton: Unlike the above option, if Giancarlo Stanton is ever coming to Boston, it will certainly be via a trade. One of the more painful aspects of the Dombrowski era, is that he has pooched most of the Red Sox farm system for virtually all pitching (Sale, Pomeranz, Smith, Thornburg, Kimbrel). He has yet to acquire a big bat for the middle of the order. Most painfully of all, he traded away a big bat in Travis Shaw, who is absolutely RAKING in Milwaukee. Miami has made it clear that Stanton is there for the taking if anyone would like to pony up the prospects. If Boston has a chance, it will likely come late in spring training with a lesser package should nobody be willing to cough up a big package (wasn’t intending for it to sound this dirty). What is admirable about Stanton is that he has already landed his big pay, yet here he is chasing the legitimate home run record of Roger Maris. Stanton fell just two runs shy at 59 home runs, but lead the league nonetheless. Virtually his entire career has been with the Marlins, who have never really been able to build a team around him. At least one they would commit to. If Stanton came to a perennial playoff threat such as Boston, the Fenway Faithful would be in constant awe of him. Home run balls would be raining down on Lansdowne Street for potentially the next decade. Aaron Judge would not be the only resident giant in the American League East. Stanton would surely hold him in contempt on a regular basis. Not to mention Boston would finally have a big gun of it’s own. Stanton is just now hitting his prime with his best years still to come. He has always wanted to play for a winner. Why not Boston? Why not send him eventually to Cooperstown in a Red Sox uniform?
Jose Abreu: Abreu doesn’t quite have the notoriety as the above two options, he would offer the Red Sox a chance to right their wrongs with both Rusney Castillo and Yoan Moncada. In all four seasons of his big league career, Abreu is the epitome of a 30/100 player. Having the misfortune for playing for one of the most dysfunctional franchises in the majors, and in the shadows of the cross town rival Cubs, he too never had the chance to play for a powerhouse. Nearing his age 31 season, a career first baseman, Abreu is the perfect fit for the Red Sox current needs. His .300 career average, consistently high OBP, he has close parallels to Victor Martinez who also was let walk by the Red Sox in 2010. Notice a theme yet? Bringing Abreu to Boston might not currently resonate with the casual or even diehard Boston fans right out of the gates, but it would not take long for him elevate himself into Fenway Folklore. I personally would love to see it happen.
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