Salvador Pérez suffers damaged UCL
The Royals almost certainly aren’t going to be a factor in the American League playoff picture in the coming year, and one of the few fan favorites remaining from their World Series runs is now going to miss the entire season. The catcher suffered some damage to his UCL, and is likely going to have to undergo Tommy John surgery. He is going to seek a second opinion before making any final decisions. That would, of course, cause him to miss the entire 2019 season. Obviously this is a procedure more closely associated with pitchers, but we know that this can affect catchers too given that Christian Vázquez went through this just a couple years ago. As for how this affects the Red Sox, well, the Royals are now presumably looking for catching help. They do have some young players on the roster, but it would make sense for them to at least consider some outside help. Boston’s catchers aren’t the only ones available right now, but you have to imagine Dave Dombrowski has at least started discussions.
Adam Warren signs with the Padres
Adam Warren, the former Yankees and Mariners reliever, was one of the few bullpen options still available in free agency, but he’s now off the market. The righty agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million and a team option for a second year. San Diego, after signing Manny Machado earlier this winter, is looking to set up their team to compete as soon as possible, and these kind of complementary pieces can help with that. On the other hand, the Red Sox should have been in on this. They’ve made it clear that they don’t feel they need outside help in the bullpen, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree. Warren isn’t anything overly special, but he’d be another good right-handed arm to add to the equation as the Red Sox search for more impact beyond Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier.