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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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Red Sox non-tender INF Marco Hernandez, LHP Josh Osich

Red Sox non-tender INF Marco Hernandez, LHP Josh Osich

The Boston Red Sox announced Monday they will not tender contracts for 2020 to infielder Marco Hernandez or left-handed pitcher Josh Osich, meaning both players will become free agents.

Hernandez joined the Red Sox in 2014 and made his debut with the team in 2016. The 27-year-old missed almost all of the 2017 and 2018 seasons recovering from left shoulder surgery, then rejoined the club for 61 games in 2019 hitting .250 (37-for-148) with two home runs and 11 RBI.

Osich never appeared in a game for the Red Sox as he was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Oct. 31, 2019. In 57 games with Chicago, the 31-year-old southpaw pitched 67 2/3 innings while posting a 4.66 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.

Boston tendered contracts to its remaining 27 unsigned players on the major league roster, including center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

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David Price recalled from paternity leave to pitch against Yankees

David Price recalled from paternity leave to pitch against Yankees

The question has been answered. David Price will start the Boston Red Sox' Sunday night clash with the New York Yankees.

The Sox activated Price from paternity leave on Sunday. He had been placed there on Friday in a procedural move that allowed the team to carry extra bench depth in the lead-up to their doubleheader against the Yankees.

Price will try to put an end to the Red Sox' seven-game losing streak. However, he has struggled in his three most recent starts, posting an 0-2 record and logging an 8.16 ERA and allowing five homers. So, it may be a tough task, especially given his past troubles with the Sox pitching in Yankee Stadium.

In addition to Price's activation, the team made some other smaller roster moves. They are calling up righthanded pitcher Ryan Weber (1-1, 5.25) from Triple-A Pawtucket. He will provide depth in a bullpen that has been taxed quite a bit during the team's losing streak.

To make room for these Price and Weber, the Red Sox had to send down three players, as they had an extra player on their roster for Saturday's doubleheader. They ended up being pitchers Josh Smith and Colten Brewer, and infielder Marco Hernandez.

Of that group, the 26-year-old Brewer has spent the most time on the roster, appearing in 48 games and logging a 4.31 ERA. He pitched in both doubleheader games, so perhaps the team is just looking to get him some rest in the coming days.

Smith pitched four-innings in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Saturday and has pitched in 11 games with the Sox this year posting a 4.84 ERA. He also logged one of the season's most unlikely saves earlier in the year.

Hernandez has been hitting well at the major-league level, .333 to be exact, but the Red Sox opted to keep the righthanded Sam Travis on the roster over him. Travis gives them a better platoon split option, as he and Michael Chavis can play more against lefthanded pitchers while Brock Holt and Mitch Moreland can get time against righthanded pitchers.

Still, the big news coming out of these moves is the activation of Price. If he can't get the Red Sox back on track Sunday night, the season may continue to slip away.

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