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Red Sox roster reset: Updated depth chart highlights obvious needs

Red Sox roster reset: Updated depth chart highlights obvious needs

The Boston Red Sox are doing some housekeeping before the MLB offseason kicks into high gear.

The Red Sox announced Wednesday they have signed infielder Marco Hernandez and relief pitcher Josh Osich to one-year contracts.

Hernandez and Osich briefly became free agents Monday after Boston didn't tender their contracts, but both players are back on split deals, meaning they'll get separate checks for their major-league and minor-league service time.

The Red Sox now have 36 slots filled on their 40-man roster entering MLB Winter Meetings, which begin Sunday in San Diego.

So, who will new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom fill those slots with? Catcher is a prime candidate, considering Sandy Leon's trade to the Cleveland Indians leaves Christian Vazquez as the only active catcher on Boston's roster. The Red Sox also need another starter with Rick Porcello expected to sign elsewhere in free agency.

To get a sense of where things stand entering "hot stove" season, below is the Red Sox' full depth chart as of Wednesday morning.

STARTING PITCHERS

- LHP Chris Sale
- LHP David Price
- LHP Eduardo Rodriguez
- RHP Nathan Eovaldi

RELIEF PITCHERS

- RHP Brandon Workman
- RHP Matt Barnes
- RHP Heath Hembree
- LHP Josh Taylor
- LHP Darwinzon Hernandez
- RHP Marcus Walden
- RHP Ryan Brasier
- RHP Travis Lakins
- RHP Hector Velazquez
- RHP Ryan Weber
- LHP Bobby Poyner
- RHP Colten Brewer
- RHP Mike Shawaryn
- LHP Josh Osich
- LHP Yoan Aybar
- LHP Kyle Hart
- RHP Denyi Reyes

CATCHERS

Christian Vazquez

INFIELDERS

- 1B Michael Chavis
- 1B Sam Travis
- 2B Dustin Pedroia
- 2B Marco Hernandez
- SS Xander Bogaerts
- SS C.J. Chatham
- 3B Rafael Devers
- 3B Tzu-Wei Lin
- 3B Bobby Dalbec

OUTFIELDERS

- LF Andrew Benintendi
- LF/DH J.D. Martinez
- CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
- RF Mookie Betts
- OF Marcus Wilson

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox' Mookie Betts trade talks 'evolving' with Dodgers, Padres

MLB Rumors: Red Sox' Mookie Betts trade talks 'evolving' with Dodgers, Padres

It appears the Boston Red Sox are moving closer to parting ways with the face of their franchise.

On Thursday, it was reported the Red Sox and San Diego Padres were discussing a potential blockbuster trade involving Mookie Betts. Now, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports those trade talks have "evolved" with both the Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have been rumored to be a suitor for Betts throughout the offseason.

Speier writes:

According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox continue to discuss the possibility of a Mookie Betts trade with multiple suitors. The team is weighing potential combinations of big leaguers and prospects offered by the Padres as well as the Dodgers, and remains engaged with both teams about the possibility of a deal involving their superstar right fielder.

The fact that discussions are ongoing with multiple teams is not a guarantee that Betts will be dealt. It’s possible that the Red Sox will enter the 2020 regular season with their superstar — with the possibility of exploring his trade value at the deadline if the team is not clearly in contention. But the team’s willingness to consider dealing the four-time All-Star and 2018 A.L. MVP appears serious.

That's certainly a change of tune from Thursday's report, which referred to a potential Betts deal as "unlikely."

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Both San Diego and L.A. make sense as possible trade partners for the Red Sox. The Padres have the top prospects to make a deal worthwhile, and the Dodgers have the financial flexibility to take on the $96 million remaining on David Price's contract to help Boston get under the $208 million luxury tax threshold.

Betts, 27, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season.

Tomase: Pros & cons of trading Betts to Padres

Report: Former Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez to join Mets as non-roster invite to spring training

Report: Former Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez to join Mets as non-roster invite to spring training

Midway through the 2019 MLB season, the struggling Boston Red Sox made an attempt to shake things up on their bench and get them back into the playoff race. That decision involved designating Eduardo Nunez for assignment.

Nunez spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox after he was acquired at the 2017 MLB trade deadline. Nunez quickly endeared himself to Boston fans by batting .321 and smashing eight homers in 38 games with the team.

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But after his first season, Nunez's production tailed off. He was still productive during the team's 2018 World Series run, though he was hampered by a knee injury, before things bottomed out in 2019. He was hitting just .228 at the time of his release and his defensive range was declining because of his balky knee.

Now, after remaining out of MLB work for almost half a year, it looks like Nunez is getting one more shot at sticking around in the MLB.

According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the New York Mets have invited Nunez to join them as a non-roster invite at spring training in 2020. 

It may be tough for Nunez to ultimately win a spot with the Mets, who also have former Red Sox shortstop/third baseman Jed Lowrie on the team. But he is going to be on a minor league deal as a result of this signing.

And if injuries strike and Nunez proves himself, perhaps he could eventually earn a roster spot.

We'll soon see what happens with Nunez, but it is nice to see the 32-year-old get another chance to play at the MLB level, even if it is just a spring training invite.