The Red Sox struck a surprising trade on Monday with their division rivals, the New York Yankees. Boston acquired right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino and right-handed prospect Frank German for a player to be named later.
The move gives the Red Sox a potential elite arm to the backend of the bullpen to pair with Matt Barnes. With this move Chaim Bloom shown he is not afraid to be bold especially when trading with a division rival.
Boston has begun to shape its roster over the last few days with some key moves. The addition of Ottavino shouldn’t be scoffed at by Red Sox fans. The move shows his willingness to take chances and improve for the short-term and the long-term. If the Red Sox are not competitive in 2021, Bloom could trade Ottavino and turn him into prospects for the future.
Despite the addition of Ottavino, Boston should look to add additional veteran arms to their bullpen. One name that is intriguing is former Rays reliever Chaz Roe.
The 34-year-old veteran was waived by the Rays back in October. He spent time on the injured list beginning on Aug. 22 with an elbow issue and missed the remainder of the season. Prior to landing on the injured list, Roe appeared in 10 games and had a 2.89 ERA, 1.39 WHIP over 9.1 innings.
Been saying the Red Sox should round out their pen rebuild with some fliers. Throw Chaz Roe on the pile. Another Chaim retread from TB, can snap off a nasty slider. Last 74 K in last 60 innings, 3.19 FIP. Had elbow probs in ‘20, but it wasn’t ligament damage. pic.twitter.com/nmg2zfAkkv
— Dan O’Mara (@Dan_OMara) January 26, 2021
Roe’s elbow injury might scare off teams this offseason, but the Red Sox could jump into the mix for the veteran. At this point in his career, Roe’s fastball average’s around 92 MPH. His primary pitch is his slider which when he’s healthy can be an elite pitch. As Bloom continues to build his pitching depth, some of the pitcher he’s acquiring have a few things in common, spin rate.
Ottavino, Roe and new starter Garrett Richards all feature potential for elite sliders and curveballs. While health will be the determining factor for all of these players, Boston is clearly focusing on a certain pitch skill set. Roe featured one of the most underrated sliders in all of baseball. Due to his time he spent in Tampa Bay, fans exposure to him and his pitch arsenal has been limited.
As Bloom continues to add depth to his rotation and bullpen, Roe could be a low risk, high reward move. In addition, the money he could command should look to be around a minor-league deal with incentives. There is one thing for certain, Roe features a devastating slider and he would be an extremely interesting option in the Red Sox bullpen for 2021.
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