There might not be a pitcher out there that is fits the bill, but the Sox do need a front line starter. Even if Sale and Paxton come back and form a lethal one two punch for a bit, they are almost guaranteed to go on the DL at some point. Ideally you would roll into next year withI like a lot of this plan in theory. I think the injuries to Sixto Sánchez have dimmed his outlook quite a bit, so I don’t know if he’d be my target. He’s now a 40+ FV guy, the 15th-ranked in the Marlins system. He seems like a distressed asset roughly similar to Jay Groome, who I don’t want to pencil in as our fourth starter next year.
Man, it’s a fascinating alt-historical timeline to wonder how the last eight years might have gone had Cherington bid just a little bit more for Jose Abreu than he did. I’d be very happy with him at DH, but I kind of see him hanging in Chicago until he’s done.
What’s the current projection for Ronaldo Hernández? After a terrible start, he has a 151 wRC+ in his last 50 games since May 21. I like Narvaez, but I wouldn’t be shocked if we grabbed Contreras with so much money available, especially if we’ve got any QO picks from our newly departed.
That would leave Winchowski and Crawford as depth with Bello not far behind. Off the top of my head though I can't think of a true ace who would be available.