Four unlisted players should consider Red Sox in the free hand

Four unlisted players for Red Sox consideration originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The MLB no-call period has passed, which means a new batch of free agents is on the market.

The Boston Red Sox parted ways with outfielder Franchy Cordero and infielder Yu Chang. They offered contracts to the rest of their unsigned players, including relievers Ryan Brasier and Josh Taylor.

Predict Where Red Sox Free Agents Will Sign This Offseason

With a number of players unlisted across the league, we should see free agency heating up in the coming days. Some of the players cut Friday should pique the interest of teams looking for affordable, high-potential deep pieces. Those traits fit the Red Sox chief baseball officer, Chaim Bloom.

Here are the unlisted players who make the most sense for Boston.

Lukas Voit, 1B/DH

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You know what you get with Luke Voit. The ex-New York Yankees slugger won’t win any Gold Glove Awards, but he can bring some pop to the lineup, whether as hitter-designated or off the bench. He has hit 20+ home runs in three of the last four seasons, including the shortened 2020 season when he led the entire league.

Pitching should be a #1 priority for Boston, but adding a power bat like Voit certainly couldn’t hurt if it’s reasonably priced.

Alex Reyes, RHP

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Reyes missed the entire 2022 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. The 28-year-old was a 2021 All-Star, averaging a 10-8 record with a 3.24 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 69 appearances outside of the bullpen.

It’s no secret that the Red Sox’s bullpen is in need of a major overhaul this offseason. Reyes, a former top pick, has some of the dirtiest stuff in baseball and could be a bargain if he stays healthy. This seems like a player Chaim Bloom accepting a plane.

Cody Bellinger, OF

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That Bellinger wasn’t written out was to be expected, but that doesn’t make it any less bizarre. This is a guy who won National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2017 and MVP honors in 2019. While his production dropped significantly in 2020, he still helped the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Series title.

Though Bellinger’s offense has fallen off a cliff in recent years, it might be worth taking a chance. He’s only 27 years old so there’s still hope he could bounce back as one of the better players in MLB. With the Red Sox having to address their lack of outfield depth, signing Bellinger isn’t such a crazy idea.

Dominic Smith, 1B/OF

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The Red Sox were reportedly in trade talks with the New York Mets for Dom Smith ahead of the 2022 trade deadline. Perhaps Bloom will target the 2013 first-round draft pick now that it’s pretty cheap.

Smith showed flashes of his potential in 2019 (0.881 OPS) and 2020 (0.993 OPS). The last two seasons haven’t been that promising. He was demoted to the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate midway through the 2022 season, and while he raked at Syracuse, he has yet to prove he can do so consistently at the big league level. Giving the 26-year-old another chance could pay off for Boston.


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