Who will be the opening day first basemen for the Red Sox in 2016?
The Boston Red Sox have been an absolute disappointment this season. They are ten games under .500 and have just about no chance to make the postseason. Although there has not been much excitement around the team this year, now is the time for fans to start to look towards 2016. A few weeks ago, the Red Sox traded away first basemen Mike Napoli and one player who has gotten a lot of opportunities at first base is 25 year old Travis Shaw. Although Shaw has played excellent, the question must be asked, who will start at the position in 2016?
Shaw would probably be the first name that comes to mind when predicting this position. He has played really well in almost 25 games this season in the majors, batting in the .370’s with six home runs. If Shaw were given the job he would provide the team with another young player in the lineup to go along with regulars, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts. Shaw will probably need to prove throughout the final month and a half that he can continue to produce at the big league level in order to be given consideration for the position. Another option could be moving either Hanley Ramirez or Pablo Sandoval to first. This could be very risky given how Ramirez has never played the position in the majors and Sandoval has only minimal experience at first while with San Fransisco. Two other options could be to acquire a proven player at the position or sign one in free agency. Orioles first basemen, Chris Davis, will be a free agent at the end of the year and could be an option for Boston in the offseason.
Although the thought of Chris Davis playing in Boston would be very enticing, I believe that if Shaw can prove that he can produce for the remainder of the season, he should be given the opportunity to start at first base when the 2016 season begins. If Shaw can prove his ability, new Red Sox president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski, will have the opportunity to focus on improving the team’s pitching staff. Shaw has been a major bright spot for the Red Sox these past few weeks. If he can continue to produce the way that he has been, he will give the team a great in house option at first base for the foreseeable future.
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