The Red Sox have interest in bringing Kyle Schwarber back. The slugger seems intrigued by returning to Boston. But after those realities, there is a whole lot of uncertainty.
But thanks to a report from the Miami Herald, we might at least have an idea of a part of the puzzle - what Schwarber is looking for.
The piece states:
One of the bits of mystery the Schwarber case is carrying heading into the current Major League Baseball lockout involves how much it will take to reel in the 28-year-old. Thanks to a report in the Miami Herald, we might actually have an idea of what he is asking for.
The Marlins have reached out on both Schwarber and Nick Castellanos. But Castellanos, at this point, is viewed as too expensive. Schwarber ultimately might be, too, but the Marlins remain in contention for him; the current asking price is a three-year deal in the $60 million range, and the Marlins must decide if they’re willing to go that high.
Even if the Red Sox are willing to go to those lengths for the services of Schwarber, the 28-year-old's fit on the roster just recently got even more uneven.
With the trade of Hunter Renfroe to the Brewers in exchange for Jackie Bradley Jr. and two minor-leaguers, the Red Sox' lineup became even more left-handed. The idea of routinely putting Schwarber in left field, Bradley Jr. in center field and Kiké Hernandez at second base would leave the Sox with an all left-handed-hitting outfield.
Also, the middle-of-the-order presence that Renfroe left behind figures to ideally be filled by a right-handed bat.
There are these short-term issues involving Schwarber's possible presence - which also includes what figures to be a logjam at first base with Bobby Dalbec and the impending emergence of Triston Casas. But beyond 2022, Schwarber might be a very good fit if designated hitter J.D. Martinez moves on.
The Phillies and Rockies have also reportedly had serious interest in Schwarber, who is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to claim a four-year, $70 million deal.