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Trevor Plouffe would be a good fit for the Sox

December 30, 2016

Depth ain’t looking so good on the 2017 Red Sox.

Not going to nitpick these guys to death because, honestly, they look good — real good. It’s the offseason and this is only a team on paper but yeah, they don’t have many bodies. Good bodies to fill an order? Very. Many bodies to fill a depth chart? No. Not at all.

Looking at the Sox needs for depth, ignore the outfield for a second because of how stellar all those guys could be. Turn your had to the left: third base. Look at Pablo Sandoval. Yeah. He’s their third baseman this season. Sure, there’s a chance he has that big comeback year. But there’s no depth behind him. And with these Trevor Plouffe rumors flying, maybe the Sox need to take a flyer on a guy like that.

Plouffe plays just about every infield spot and had an .781 OPS against lefties last year. His lifetime OPS against righties is about .700. Yeah. That’s a decent player right there. Excellent? No. But he’s got a little pop (12 homers in 319 at-bags last year). Solid player.

If not Plouffe, someone would be nice. Would be a better bench option than, say, Josh Rutledge. Brock Holt can play third and so can Rutledge but they’re not particularly good at it which is a scary thought for Red Sox fans. Plouffe ain’t too good defensively, but he can handle a full year at a spot, if need be. He’s got what the Sox need, honestly.

Plus there’s the whole Sandoval and Mitch Moreland both struggle against left-handed pitching thing. So does Brock Holt and Josh Rutledge’s career OPS starts with a six. Yeah. They could use some help.

And who cares about the luxury tax either? Since when did the Red Sox start caring about money? Seems odd….