Under contract (9)
These players are under guaranteed contracts for at least one more season. Team or player options must be resolved by 5 pm on the fifth day after the World Series.
▪ RHP Matt Barnes (through 2023 at $7.5 million; $8 million team option for 2024 or $2.25 million buyout): He had a 1.59 ERA and converted six of seven save chances following a two-month stay on the injured list. That option will provide ample motivation.
▪ SS Xander Bogaerts (through 2025 at $60 million; opt-out for 2023-25): Start the clock. Bogaerts can opt out of his deal five days after the World Series. Letting him get to free agency would be a huge risk because he will be coveted by other teams.
▪ UTIL Kike Hernandez (through 2023 at $10 million): If Bogaerts departs, Hernández may be a better choice at shortstop than Trevor Story.
▪ 1B Eric Hosmer (through 2025 at $39 million; the Padres are responsible for all but the major league minimum, which will be $720,000 in 2023): It remains a mystery why the Sox traded for him. He’s a good bet to be traded again.
▪ LHP James Paxton ($4 million player option or $26 million team option for 2023-24): The Sox paid him $6 million to rehab from Tommy John surgery, hoping he would be ready in August. He made it to one minor league game and faced two batters.
▪ OF Tommy Pham (mutual $12 million option for 2023 or $1.5 million buyout; Reds are responsible for buyout): Mutual options are rarely picked up, and the Sox can do better with their $12 million than a corner outfielder with a .696 OPS over the last three years .
▪ LHP Chris Sale (through 2024 at $55 million; player can opt out after 2022 season; $20 million team option for 2025): News flash: He’s not opting out after pitching only 48⅓ innings the last three years. As to what the Sox can expect from him, who knows?
▪ 2B Trevor Story (through 2027 at $115 million; $5 million buyout for 2028 or $25 million team option; player may opt out after 2025 season, which team can negate by picking up 2028 option): He missed 68 games and ultimately wasn’t the difference-maker the Sox needed.
▪ RHP Garrett Whitlock (through 2026 at $18.75 million; team options for 2027 and ’28): He has a 2.77 ERA through 77 major league games. All signs point to his going into the rotation.
Eligible Arbitration (11)
These players are under team control but must be offered a contract by Dec. 2 or they become free agents. If necessary, their 2023 salary would be determined by arbitration.
▪ OF Abraham Almonte: He’s 33 and has played on six teams since 2017. It’ll probably be seven by next season.
▪ USEFUL Christian Arroyo: He’s been an above-average hitter for the Sox since they picked him up in 2020. But injuries have held him back.
▪ RHP Ryan Brasier: This season was the worst of his career, as opponents collected 31 extra-base hits over 62⅓ innings.
▪ INF Yu Chang: “I’m not sure why I’m here,” Chang said after the Sox claimed him off waivers Sept. 12. Then he had 20 at-bats, so apparently the Sox weren’t sure either.
▪ OF-1B Franchy Cordero: A lovely guy, really. Nice as can be. He’s also a career .221 hitter with a .676 OPS over 653 at-bats. It’s time to admit this didn’t work.
▪ 3B Rafael Devers: He’ll get a hefty raise in arbitration from the $11.2 million he made this season. That or the Sox will sign him to an extension.
▪ C Reese McGuire: He slashed .337/.377/.500 in 36 games for the Sox. But the best-case scenario is he shares the job next season or is the backup.
▪ RHP Nick Pivetta: He has given the Sox 63 starts and 334⅔ innings the last two seasons with a 4.54 ERA for only $3.2 million. He’s a good No. 5 starter for a contender.
▪ OF Rob Refsynder: An .881 OPS over 57 games could earn him a chance in 2023.
▪ LHP Josh Taylor: He was out of sight and out of mind all season with a back injury. Work ethics is a question.
▪ OF Alex Verdugo: Alex Cora called him out the other day, identifying Verdugo as a player capable of more. Will he put in the work needed?
0-3 years of service time (20)
These players are under team control and not yet arbitration eligible. They are guaranteed at least the major league minimum unless released.
▪ RHP Brayan Bello: He could start Game 5 in the 2023 regular season, then Game 2 in a playoff series six months later. The ability is there.
▪ RHP Eduardo Bazardo: He has a 1.53 WHIP in 48 career Triple A games. The Sox presumably can do better.
▪ 1B Triston Casas: He slashed .079/.205/.237 for 14 games, then .316/.490/.579 in the 13 after that. There’s a lot to like, but having a capable backup around would be a good idea.
▪ RHP Kutter Crawford, RHP Connor Seabold, RHP Josh Winckowski: They were a combined 6-16 with a 6.42 ERA in 31 starts. Next stop: bullpen.
▪ INF Bobby Dalbec: It’s probably not in Boston, but he could hit 25 homers and play a solid first base somewhere. Hope he gets that chance.
▪ RHP Tyler Danish: He got back to the majors after a three-year absence caused by injuries. He’ll have to earn a spot again.
▪ INF Throw Downs: The former first-round pick has already been traded twice. Third time’s a charm?
▪ OF Jarren Duran: He sure is fast and he sure can hit in Triple A. Is there more there?
▪ RHP Franklin German: Turns out “Frank German” was really “Franklin Herr-man.” However you pronounce his name, he got rocked in five games.
▪ LHP Darwinzon Hernandez: A big lefty who throws hard is a great bullpen piece. That could keep him on the roster for one more try.
▪ C Ronaldo Hernandez: The Rays played their guy Chaim Bloom on this one. They sent Hernandez to the Sox for lefty Jeffrey Springs before the ’22 season. Springs has a 2.70 ERA over 180 innings since then, and Hernandez is maybe a prospect.
▪ RHP Tanner Houck: Is he the closer? The stuff and the mentality are there to be a very good one.
▪ RHP Zack Kelly: It was a nice story when he made it to the majors at 27 after not being drafted. Then he pitched pretty well.
▪ RHP Bryan Mata: A big dude who had a 2.49 ERA over 19 games over four levels coming back from Tommy John surgery. Good candidate to make his debut next season.
▪ RHP Easton McGee: The former fourth-round pick was claimed off waivers Wednesday from Tampa Bay.
▪ RHP Kaleb Ort: Big guy who throws hard, although it’s sometimes unclear where it’s going.
▪ RHP John Schreiber: Nice find for the Sox in 2022 when he was picked up on waivers from Detroit. At worst, a reliable setup man next season.
▪ C Connor Wong: Bloom has said he’ll explore acquiring another catcher. If not, Wong could have a spot on the major league roster.
Free agents (5)
These players remain property of the Red Sox until 5 pm on the fifth day after the World Series.
▪ RHP Nate Eovaldi: His five seasons were solid and you’d like to think there’s a path to bring him back.
▪ HPL Rich Hill: He turns 43 in March and still wants to pitch, ideally in Boston.
▪ DH JD Martinez: This feels like the end after a wildly productive (.292/.363/.526) five seasons. His tenure in Boston should be celebrated.
▪ LHP Matt Strahm: He has a 5.08 ERA in 25 career starts, 3.11 in 182 relief appearances. Strahm has said he wants to market himself as a starter. Best of luck.
▪ RHP Michael Wacha: A good candidate to return? A 3.32 ERA over 23 starts suggests so.
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