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Three players the Red Sox should pursue in free agency

The Boston Red Sox magical 2021 playoff run came to an end Friday night as they lost to the Houston Astros in the ALCS, losing in six games. Man, was it a fun run! But now? The off-season is upon us and the Red Sox need to make some signings. This team has the potential to be very good for years to come. But it’s up to Chaim Bloom and the Red Sox to make some moves. So who are three players the Red Sox should pursue in free agency? Let’s throw some names out there!

Marcus Semien

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The Red Sox had a glaring hole at second base once playoffs came around. A lot of people are vouching for Jose Iglesias to start at 2nd base. I’m appreciative of what Iglesias did in September for the Red Sox, but I think he’s better suited for a bench role. That’s why I think the Red Sox should heavily pursue Marcus Semien in free agency. Semien is coming off a season where he hit 45 homeruns and 102 RBI’s. He can fill a HUGE void offensively for the Red Sox at second base. Also, you can get Semien away from the highly-powered offense of the Jays. Christian Arroyo was a nice try. But I’d rather the Red Sox heavily pursue Semien this off-season.

Marcus Stroman

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Sticking with the theme of guys named Marcus, Marcus Stroman is another name I want the Red Sox to pursue. Stroman brings a level of cockiness and swagger that the Red Sox rotation could use. Plus, Stroman has pitched in the American League East before. Marcus Stroman went 10-13 with a struggling Mets team, but had a 3.02 ERA along with 158 strikeouts in 179 innings. You’re telling me you wouldn’t LOVE a big four of Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi, Marcus Stroman, and Nick Pivetta? You’d be crazy not to! If I’m Chaim Bloom, I’m giving Marcus Stroman a call and trying to get that deal done.

Brad Hand

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The Red Sox need a trusty left-handed reliever. Brad Hand would be the perfect guy on a short-term deal. Maybe a one or two year deal for Hand here. Hand struggled with Toronto, but seemed to find something when traded to the New York Mets. Hand had a 2.70 ERA in 16 appearances with the Mets. So could the Red Sox pull a short term deal for a three time All-star reliever? It’s Chaim Bloom. Anything can happen!

In Conclusion

These three signings would make the Red Sox more of a contender in 2022. What are some names that you think can help this Red Sox team? Send them over to me on Twitter or to the CGS twitter, @CouchGuySports.

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