Four non-tendered Red Sox players should consider free agency

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MLB’s non-tender deadline has come and gone, which means there’s a new batch of free agents on the market.

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

Predicting where the Red Sox free agents will sign this offseason

With a number of non-tendered players around the league, we should start to see free agency heat up in the coming days. Some of the players cut Friday should pique the interest of teams looking for affordable depth pieces with high upside. Those qualities are right up Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom’s alley.

Here are the non-tendered players that make the most sense for Boston.

Luke Voit, 1B/DH

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You know what you’re getting with Luke Voight. The former New York Yankees slugger isn’t going to win any Gold Glove awards, but he can bring some pop to the lineup either as a designated hitter or off the bench. He has hit 20+ homers in three of the last four seasons, including a shortened 2020 campaign when he led the entire league.

Pitching should be the No. 1 priority for Boston, but adding a power bat like Voit certainly couldn’t hurt if it’s for a reasonable price.

Alex Reyes, RHP

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

It’s no secret that the Red Sox bullpen needs a major overhaul this offseason. Rays, a former top prospect, has some of the dirtiest stuff in baseball and could be a steal if he stays healthy. It looks like a player Chaim Bloom would get a handout.

Cody Bellinger, OF

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Bellinger’s non-tender was expected, but that doesn’t make it any less surprising. This is a guy who won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2017 and the MVP award in 2019. While his production started to drop significantly in 2020, he still helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win a World Series title.

Despite Bellinger’s offense falling off a cliff the past two years, he might be worth a shot. He’s only 27 years old, so there’s still hope he could regain his form as one of the best players in the MLB. Given that the Red Sox have to deal with a lack of outfield depth, signing Bellinger isn’t such a crazy idea.

Dominic Smith, 1B/OF

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The Red Sox reportedly engaged in trade talks with the New York Mets for Dom Smith before the 2022 trade deadline. Perhaps Bloom will target the 2013 first round draft pick now that they can get him for pretty cheap.

Smith showed flashes of his potential in 2019 (.881 OPS) and 2020 (.993 OPS). The last two seasons have not been so promising. He was demoted to the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate midway through the 2022 season, and while he hit a record in Syracuse, he still needs to prove he can do it consistently at the big league level. Giving the 26-year-old another chance could pay dividends for Boston.

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