It's clear as day that the Red Sox will be in the market for bullpen help this offseason. Posting a team ERA of 4.24 out of the pen was bad enough for 26th in baseball. Now that's just horrendous.
But who are they going to bring in?
Kimbrel? Chapman? Those guys would be nice but I am not too sure Boston wants to empty out for one of those guys. A more realistic option is former Yankees closer, David Robertson.
Robertson took a hit to his ERA this season, going up to 3.41 from 3.08. But he posted a 2.04 back in 2013 and has one of the best cutters in the game today, It's hard to see the White Sox giving up on the investment they made in Robertson this early, but anything is possible.
The one big reason why I believe Robertson is the best option for Boston this offseason is because he is already accustomed to the pressure of playing for a big market franchise. Posting a 2.04 ERA with the Yankees and their short porch is amazing.
Also, almost anything is an upgrade for that bullpen.
I can't really see who goes to Chicago in a deal for Robertson, but I wouldn't mind seeing Tazawa in that kind of deal. He has pitched so many innings and so many games that he's already starting to show signs of decline.
Obviously it'd take more than Tazawa to reel in Robertson, but he's a guy that could reduce the amount that needs to be given up in order to acquire him.
By Jordan Leandre