Mastrodonato: Red Sox have options to replace Hunter Renfroe

When the Red Sox traded Hunter Renfroe as their final move before the MLB owners instituted a lockout last week, the Sox guaranteed two things.

One, they’d be without their best hitter vs. left-handed pitching in 2021, when Renfroe posted a team-high .885 OPS in more than 200 plate appearances against lefties.

And two, they’d also be without their best hitter vs. right-handed pitching in 2021, when Kyle Schwarber led the team with a 1.005 OPS against righties.

Renfroe is now on the Milwaukee Brewers and Schwarber is still an available free agent, but the Red Sox are in a pickle.

They need to essentially replace both sides of a platoon that contained their two most productive hitters. And given the way the roster is currently constructed, they’re likely going to be doing that with just one player.

The obvious answer is to sign a left-handed hitting first baseman like Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo or, cross your fingers, Freddie Freeman, and  then add a right-handed hitting outfielder like Seiya Suzuki, Jorge Soler or Andrew McCutchen.

But are the Red Sox actually going to spend enough to fill both those holes adequately? All signs point to no, especially given the Sox have two internal options: Jarren Duran, the left-handed hitting outfielder, and Triston Casas, the left-handed hitting first baseman.

With the addition of Jackie Bradley Jr., that gives the Sox three additional left-handed options while they’ve only lost one, Schwarber, who they…

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