BOSTON (CBS) – At 21-29 the Boston Red Sox own the American League’s second worst record and the fourth worst in all of baseball. That’s the bad news.
The good news is it’s still May and plenty of time to turn things around. Not only that, but the AL East is so mediocre that the Red Sox are only eight games back from the division-leading Blue Jays.
The point being that the season is not yet lost for Boston, which is why Jon Heyman of CBS Sports expects the Red Sox to be buyers, not sellers, to get back into this race.
Heyman joined 98.5 The Sports Hub Gresh & Zolak show to discuss the state of the Sox.
“I just can’t see them being sellers. Right now Toronto is the only team in the division playing well, and I think most of us have a hard time envisioning Toronto running away with things. It’s a tight division and probably not one the Red Sox will give up, being as that they’re defending champions, have a high payroll and have more talent than they’ve shown so far.”
If and when the Red Sox do become buyers, Heyman says the outfield situation needs to be addressed first and foremost.
“I don’t see them being sellers. They may not be crazy buyers just yet, but maybe it’s a wait and see. Eventually I could see them looking at the outfield as a possibility. There could be some outfielders in play. Right now Los Angeles has Matt Kemp on the bench. Whether they trade Kemp or Andre Ethier, they could be possibly for trade. I could see [Carlos] Quentin being traded from the Padres.
“There’s some other outfielders too. I can see them being shoppers, not just yet, but more buyer than seller. I just don’t see Boston giving up.”
Having said that though, Heyman acknowledged that every team and organization has a breaking point but right now the Red Sox’s is pretty low.
“I don’t think they’ll get to that limit, but every team has a breaking point — even the Yankees,” said Heyman.
Listen below for the full discussion, including Heyman’s take on Manny Ramirez’s new job, the Josh Beckett no hitter and much more: