With the non-tender deadline on the horizon, how would you trim the fat from the Red Sox' roster?
The day has come where teams have to make offers to all their players not under contract, or allow them to walk to free agency early. And, as Marc pointed out, the Red Sox have some decisions to make.
We likely won't find out what the team has decided to do until late in the night as the deadline nears. But in the meantime we are free to speculate and discuss.
The Red Sox have 33 players currently on the roster who are not under contract, any of whom they could choose to non-tender. This is the pool you have to work with:
Rubby De La Rosa
A lot of them are going to have to go elsewhere over the offseason as the Sox add more names via free agency and possibly trades. Some of those who do will go in trades themselves, but anyone who has to simply be designated for assignment will come at the team's expense if it comes after midnight.
Obviously a lot of those names aren't going anywhere--nobody here's about to come up with a good reason to non-tender Will Middlebrooks--but there's plenty of guys who don't carry any real trade value or that you might just want gone without any fuss.
Personally, I'm of a mind to drop Alfredo Aceves and Ryan Sweeney. That's probably at least $4 million in contracts that could go anywhere else for a clubhouse problem who was terrible on the mound and an unreliable injury-prone outfielder.
But Marc, myself, and our writers have had our time to make the arguments. Now it's yours. If you were the one wielding the axe, who would find themselves unemployed tomorrow morning?