21h58 : Red Sox acquire corner fielder Kyle Schwarber Nationals, reports FanSided’s Robert Murray (Lien Twitter). Pitch prospecting Aldo ramirez is back in Washington, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (on Twitter).
It’s the continuation of a quick sell-off for the Nationals, who were straddling the line between buy and sell as late as last week. A recent string of bad games have made their direction clear, with Washington moving a series of veterans in quick succession. No move was bigger than the report Max Scherzer – Trea Turner blockbuster with the Dodgers, of course. But Washington also traded reliever Brad la main and Schwarber today, and it looks like there’s more on the horizon. Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reported tonight the Nats also line up offers on the reliever Daniel Hudsonutility Josh Harrison and potentially on receiver Yan gomes.
Schwarber is currently on the 10-day injured list due to hamstring strain. It looks like he’s still a few weeks away from returning, but he was in tears before he collapsed. The 28-year-old won the National League’s Player of the Month award in June after completing the league’s top 16 homers. Thanks in large part to this incredible race, Schwarber is in the midst of the best season of his career. The left-handed batter has a .253 / .340 / .570 (138 wRC +) line with 25 homers in 303 home plate appearances this season.
This level of play certainly justified Washington’s $ 10 million investment in Schwarber last offseason. He is playing the 2021 campaign with a salary of $ 7 million, with around $ 2.4 million to pay until the end of the season. Schwarber is also guaranteed a $ 3 million buyout on an $ 11 million mutual option covering the 2022 campaign.
Mutual options are rarely exercised by both parties, so the Sox are likely to view Schwarber as a rental acquisition. He’s primarily been a corner fielder during his career, but it’s possible the Red Sox front office will see him as a potential fix for their below-par first base situation. Although Schwarber has never played the position in the major leagues, it would be a surprise if he didn’t see it for some time in Boston.
The Sox got a good job from Alex Verdugo and Renfroë Hunter in the outside corner this year. Either of these players are able to strike down the middle of the field in the blink of an eye, but with the best of hopes. Jarren duran now in the big leagues, it seems likely there will be days when Schwarber lines up with this trio occupying the grass first. Obviously, JD Martinez has the designated hitter position he’s spoken to in Boston.
However, Alex Cora decides to manage his roster, there is no doubt that Boston is making an offensive upgrade. The Red Sox hold a modest 1.5 game lead in the American League East over the Rays, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see President of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom and the front office continue to explore more. acquisitions in the coming days.
Neither team mentioned any cash considerations, so it looks like the Red Sox will take on the rest of the money owed to Schwarber. That’s a pretty big development, as the absorption of Schwarber’s $ 10 million luxury tax would appear to put the Sox above the CBT threshold of $ 210 million. Jason Martinez of Roster Resource estimated the current number of luxury goods in Boston at just under $ 214 million.