Red Sox Trade for Colten Brewer, Re-Sign Steve Pearce
Boston, MA - The Boston Red Sox seems to have finally joined the rest of Major League Baseball in the off-season as they have made a parade of roster moves while the stove has been hot around the league. After the New York Yankees traded their top prospect for James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners, one of the game’s top pitchers, the Red Sox improved their team a bit, as well.
Dave Dombrowski, the general manager of Boston, specified that his top priority going into the off-season was to improve the bullpen of the Red Sox. And while closer Craig Kimbrel rejected his qualifying offer and negotiations with long man Joe Kelly are still ongoing, the Red Sox decided to trade for outside help.
From the San Diego Padres, Boston acquired reliever Colten Brewer, who specializes in throwing the cutter. The Red Sox must have seen something special in Brewer, who looked shaky during his initial stint in the majors, but he did have high strikeout ratios in the minor leagues, as well as being a good groundout getter. At the very least, Brewer offers something unique to the bullpen as a right hander.
Esteban Quiroz, an infielder in Boston’s farm system, was traded to San Diego in exchange for Brewer, meaning the risk for the bullpen arm is a relatively low one going forward. With pitchers like Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg fading away and others like Ryan Brasier rising up, Boston has proven that every bullpen risk is worth it thanks to the minimal risk associated.
Speaking of infielders, the Red Sox just happened to re-sign their World Series MVP first baseman as Steve Pearce will stay in Boston at least through 2019. Getting paid just over six million dollars, Pearce said the decision to stay with the club was one of the easiest he could make. Boston’s front office stressed that the Pearce signing was an effort to keep the core of the 2018 World Series championship roster together. Continuing the extremely effective first base platoon of Pearce and Mitch Moreland is a quality step in that direction. Hopefully, Boston will also be able to retain Nathan Eovaldi!