I think this plays a large part in the decision by the Sox as well as the FA middle IFs that have been mentioned. In the case of Adrus, I think the asking price was in the neighborhood of at least $10M plus per for at least two years. I was very intrigued by the idea of trading for Kim, but there was a player cost attached to that that I wasn't sure we should part with. Even though I'm on record as wanting to see Kike' play more CF than SS in the end I'm OK with how this played out. Big if, but IF we get a healthy Mondesi back a month into the season and a healthy Story back around the ASB the MI defense should be steady enough to allow Hernandez more time in CF. Of course that would be predicated on his health as well. If guys aren't healthy we might see a few guy being called up to see what they might be able to do.
It honestly does not seem all that complicated to me. Andrus and Iglesias likely wanted multiple years and a guaranteed year-long starting position - likely at SS to look forward to another contract.
The Sox have:
Story as one of SS/2B (hopefully from mid-season through the next 5 years).
Christian Arroyo as 2B. FA in 2025.
Rafaela late 2023?, Mayer up in late 2024?, Yorke(?) late 2024(?).
Mondesi as SS/2B (hopefully from May(?) onward.) FA next year.
Enrique Hernandez as SS/CF. FA next year.
40-man Break Glass
2B Valdez (AAA), 2B Hamilton (AA).
Minors Break Glass/NRIs
Niko Goodrum, Sogard, Lugo, Fitzgerald.
So what do we need? SS depth for April/May, preferably equal to or better than Goodrum.
Chang plays SS and cost $870K or something.
I'm not sure why people thought Andrus/Iglesias has a place on the team if they're looking for a multi-year deal.
2023 start: SS Hernandez (Chang). 2B Arroyo (Chang).
2023 mid: SS Hernandez/Mondesi (Chang?). 2B Mondesi/Arroyo/Story.
2023 end: SS Hernandez/Story. 2B Arroyo/Mondesi.
2024 start: SS Story. 2B Arroyo.
2024 end: SS Story/Mayer. 2B Arroyo/Story. (Rafaela?)
2025: SS Mayer. 2B Story. Rafaela/Yorke/resigned Arroyo in mix?