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3 Contracts the Red Sox Should Try and Unload to Bring Another Star to Boston

BOSTON, MA - JULY 30: David Price #10 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the second inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays  at Fenway Park on July 30, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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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

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 27: Starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi #17 of the Boston Red Sox throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Fenway Park on September 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 29: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the sixth inning at Fenway Park on September 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JULY 24: David Price #10 of the Boston Red Sox pitches  during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 24, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

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.