With the recent injuries to Craig Kimbrel, Koji Uehara, and Junichi Tazawa, it has become wildly apparent that the Red Sox need bullpen relief. The Red Sox traded essentially nothing for Brad Ziegler, who has yet to allow a run as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, the Red Sox need more help in the bullpen, which could be coming sooner rather than later. There are a plethora of teams that have elite bullpen arms that Dave Dombrowski should be on the phone with before the July 31 Trade Deadline. Some of these teams include the Milwaukee Brewers, the Atlanta Braves, the Oakland Athletics and....the New York Yankees.
It goes without saying that the Red Sox and Yankees would not make a significant trade with each other, especially in the middle of the season. Unfortunately for Boston, the Yankees have some of the best available relievers in all of baseball with Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances. While there is a high probability that at least one of these names is traded come August or September, there is just no way that the Yankees would be willing to help the Red Sox to that degree unless there was, to quote Danny Ainge, a "God Father offer."
However, Aroldis Chapman is a free agent after this season and could be looking at the biggest contract ever dished out for a reliever. With such a weak starting pitching free agent class (Clay Buchholz is probably the best available pitcher), the Red Sox could look to bolster their bullpen instead of trading Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts or Mookie Betts in a deal for a pitcher like Jose Fernandez or Chris Sale. Additionally, the Red Sox had significant interest in Chapman this past offseason:
While Chapman can throw the baseball 105 MPH and is one of the most overpowering pitchers that we have seen in recent, he does come with baggage and there is a reason that the Red Sox did not acquire him this past offseason. Chapman was involved in a domestic violence incident this past offseason ,which suspended him for the first 30 games of the 2016 season.
Nonetheless, Chapman is one of the most electric pitchers in the game right now. In 29 games pitched this season, Chapman is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. With Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler slated to become free agents, the Red Sox will be looking to solidify their bullpen for the 2017 season. Additionally, even though this really doesn't matter for a team like Boston, the Red Sox will be freeing up some money as David Ortiz is set to retire after this season.
I know that people will not want to dish out a ton of money for a reliever, but Chapman will be looking to become one of the highest paid relievers in all of baseball next offseason. It is not out of the realm of possibility to think that Chapman would receive ~$12+ million annually on the open market. While that is a heavy price to pay, imagine a bullpen that features Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith and Aroldis Chapman?
I wouldn't say no. Just sayin'....