Three directions for Boston Red Sox at catcher

Sep 29, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in action against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in action against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports /
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Stay the course

Let’s face it – the Boston Red Sox are not likely to be contending in 2023.

The starting rotation is littered with injury risks and question marks. Kenley Jansen improved the bullpen and solidified the ninth inning, but that patches just one hole in a leaking bullpen. Questions persist at first, second, left, and center. Considering how other teams in the division performed in 2022, and the upgrades those teams made, it is difficult to see where the Red Sox have gotten any closer.

So why not see what they have? Reese McGuire was a relatively well regarded prospect, being selected with the 14th overall selection in the 2013 MLB Draft. He did perform well for the Red Sox after being acquired for Jake Deikman, albeit in a brief window. Wong intrigues due to his ability to play around the infield as well, but he does have a solid minor league track record with some pop in his bat.

It would not be a surprise to see the Red Sox add another catcher on a minor league deal even if they stick with that duo to start the season. Considering how unproven both players are, bringing in someone with major league experience makes sense. However, that may be a minor move just to add depth.

The Boston Red Sox may as well see what they have at this point. That could mean a rough season behind the plate.

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