The Boston Red Sox need to remake this roster, as they couldn't even make the playoffs one year removed from winning the World Series thanks to some truly horrid pitching both in the rotation and in the bullpen. With the organization angling to both stay under the luxury tax and add some star starting pitchers, the Red Sox need to offload these three contracts to go big game hunting.
3. SP Nathan Eovaldi
Eovaldi remained one of the most inconsistent pitchers in baseball, given a full season to show off his wares. He'll look like Gerrit Cole in one start and JA Happ in the next. Splitting time between the starting rotation and the bullpen, Eovaldi posted a 5.99 ERA last season, indicating he wasn't hitting his stride in either role. It would be hard to find a taker on him when he is saddled with a $17 million price tag, but he could be an obstacle to Boston bringing in a top free agent.
2. OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
With a hefty raise coming his way in arbitration this offseason, the Red Sox can't really afford to maintain JBJ's projected $11 million salary (coming off an $8.55 million mark in 2019) as his bat continues to regress. Move Andrew Benintendi to center, put Sam Travis (or a slugging FA like Yasiel Puig?) in left, and call it a day. It's a tough bullet to bite, but it must be done.
1. SP David Price
Price is a terrible combination of overpaid, declining, and aging, which are literally the three worst characteristics a pitcher can have. Price, who posted a 4.28 ERA last season, is 34 years old and will make a cool $32 million this season, making him the highest-paid player on the team. Unless a truly desperate team swings for the fences and takes this contract off of Boston's hands, Price and his albatross deal are likely to affect the rest of Boston's offseason plans.