3. Reliever Hirokazu Sawamura
Every team in baseball is looking for more pitching. Relievers are fickle as well because, sometimes, they have a great season, an awful season, and another great season. For the Red Sox, Hirokazu Sawamura has had two really good seasons for them since making his MLB debut.
In 2022, Sawamura has made 43 appearances and he has a 3.25 ERA and a 132 ERA+. He has a 1.286 WHIP, and an average of 7.1 hits, 0.6 home runs, 4.5 walks, and 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The walk rate is the only real concern of the numbers but his 3.87 FIP still indicates that he is pitching very well.
Sawamura could be a free agent after the end of the season but the Red Sox still could have received a few good prospects with the way his contract is structured. He has a $3 million option for 2024 but he is still arbitration-eligible for three more seasons after that.
If there weren’t injury concerns with Rich Hill, Michael Wacha, Kiké Hernández, and others, the Red Sox could have traded them as well. The Red Sox could have had a firesale but instead, they will have a lot of free agents at the end of the year and they will get nothing for them.