Once David Ortiz retired, the Red Sox knew they had one huge hole to fill.
And they had a perfect opportunity to fill that hole with Edwin Encarnacion being a free agent last offseason.
However, they passed on him, put Hanley Ramirez at DH, and signed Mitch Moreland to play first base.
That was a big mistake by the Sox.
Really glad the Red Sox didn’t sign Edwin Encarnacion. Definitely didn’t need a terrifying power hitter or anything— What The Moose (@xWhatTheMoose) October 6, 2017
This person understands.
Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland were not terrible, but they certainly weren't Edwin Encarnacion and nowhere near Big Papi. Encarnacion has six straight seasons of 30-plus home runs and the Red Sox could have certainly used that.
Instead, they are going to watch him hit long bombs for a few more years in Cleveland.
The worst part is that he was very affordable. He signed a three-year deal worth $60 million and has an option for 2020.
This one is going to hurt for a long time, but the Red Sox will never admit it.