Ehh, I'll just get out in front of this one and start a new thread on the topic.Mods: Please move all of today's reasoned, sober trade deadline analysis to a new thread. Let's keep this one the dumpster fire born of panic and hysteria it was meant to be. Thank you.
In other threads we've seen some nice analysis of potential trade targets as well as outlines of how dire the FA class this offseason looks to be.
With that in mind, I'd like to point to catcher as a position that will definitely need filling and has some reasonable FA targets that could be significant upgrades.
If you look at fWAR from either 2021 to present or 2019 to present, three of the top 10 catchers in baseball will be available: Mike Zunino, Wilson Contreras, and Omar Narvaez. What order they are in depends on whether you are looking at 2019 or 2021 as the start point, but any way you slice it all three would provide a major upgrade over what we've got currently. It seems to me that this is likely the top place for the Sox to look in terms of improvement by free agency.