It would certainly be a shame to see the New York Yankees fold after 27 title-winning seasons and so many fruitful years, but if they watch the Atlanta Braves fumble the bag on Freddie Freeman only to see the Boston Red Sox out-sprint them in the resulting chase, it just might be time to board up the windows.
Boston, ostensibly, does not have a specific need for Freeman other than in the interest of getting good players secured whenever possible. They sort of just did this by securing Kyle Schwarber’s scorching bat even though he was on the Injured List at the time and had never played first base, their position of need in July.
When you take that into account, it’s not quite so insane to think they could swipe the Yankees’ lunch and dip into the Freeman waters instead of simply promoting Triston Casas or rolling with Bobby Dalbec.
Not how we’d spend our money, but that’s Boston, you know? Sitting in their ivory tower choosing different varieties of pain off the Yankee menu and cackling. “Hmm, the Trevor Story, or the Freddie Freeman, sir?”
“…Why not both?!”
According to the buzz that dropped just as the lockout commenced, as well as Kiley McDaniel’s ESPN insider column this week, Boston can’t be entirely counted out in the Freeman chase.
It’s not a need. It’s not a fit. It is aggravating as all hell, though, so we wouldn’t bet against it!
Could the Red Sox eat the Yankees’ lunch on Freddie Freeman?
It’s a real “pick your poison” situation. Frankly, after a whole lot of garbage post-2004, we’d rather pick against poison, thanks.
Oh, and it gets worse! Because, apparently, the Toronto Blue Jays were also on a fact-finding mission with Freeman’s camp just before the shutdown.
It makes some sense. Freeman’s on a possible revenge tour, and if he leaves Atlanta, it will be because he’s gone scorched earth. But … Toronto?! With Vlad Jr. at first?! If the Yankees lose Freeman to a team with an MVP candidate already entrenched at the position when their depth chart is topped by DJ LeMahieu at the position, they should just sell the stadium and turn it into a Whole Foods already.
So, to keep track:
If Boston gets Freeman, we’ll riot. It’s an imperfect fit, but stranger things have happened.
If Toronto gets Freeman, we’ll pack it up and hit the Oregon Trail. No fit at all. Would just be more proof that the Yankees aren’t willing to get half as creative as they’ll need to be to muddle through their roster issues.
If this is what’s waiting on the other side of the lockout, then lock us out, folks!