After the blockbuster trade to steal Craig Kimbrel, there’s one more major item left to accomplish on Dave Dombrowski’s offseason menu: Snagging an ace.
Based on Dombrowski’s comments, it’s most likely that the Sox will try to pick up an ace through free agency.
“These are only guesses at this time — but going into the wintertime and with conversations we’ve had with clubs over the last month, my thought process is most likely any acquisition we’d make in the starting pitching would first happen as far as the free-agent field is concerned,” said Dombrowski. “You never know, but that would be my guess. I thought that our acquisition of the relief pitching aspect would more likely come through a trade.”
There’s a plethora of excellent aces on the free agent market, including Jordan Zimmerman, David Price, Johnny Cueto, and Zack Greinke. No offense to Clay Buchholz, but any of those guys would be a significant upgrade. Since Jon Lester left last July, Sox fans have forgotten what it feels like to watch an ace. It sounds like Dombrowski is determined to change that.
“We’re in a spot that this [getting an ace] is probably our major acquisition for the wintertime as far as the trade market is concerned,” Dombrowski said. “You never can tell, but that’s what my instincts tell me.”
In the wake of the Kimbrel deal, anything and everything feels possible. In Dombrowski we trust.