Final Grade: A-
Signing David Price is no small feat, and the front office should be commended for that. While the structure and size of the deal is a bit risky, it seemed to be an appropriate risk to take based on the market and team needs.
Both of the major trades improved the quality of the MLB team immediately, without sacrificing too much. The package of prospects swapped for Kimbrel was certainly talented, but the Red Sox swapped potential for proven value and that’s a reasonable decision. The rest of Boston’s minor league system is loaded with talent like Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, Deven Marrero, Anderson Espinoza and Michael Kopech (just to name a few) so organizational depth isn’t a problem. In my eyes, the Miley trade was a no-brainer. Getting a top-tier reliever for a starter, which the Sox had a surplus of, is good in and of itself, but then adding on a starter who could potentially replace or exceed Miley’s production is an exceptional value (apparently the Mariners are quite keen on Jonathan Aro).
Lastly, the front office did well by not making a knee-jerk reaction to one poor season from experienced veterans in a new league and city. While it’s certainly an optimistic view, it’s hard to imagine either of those players not rebounding at least a bit from their rough 2015 seasons. Not only would the immediate product on the field have likely been worse, but paying up in cash or prospects would’ve been salt in the wound. Hopefully both Sandoval and Ramirez can capitalize on their second chances and win back the Boston fan base in 2016.
Overall, the Sox addressed the glaring need for pitching in multiple ways, and added a good depth piece to an already-solid offense full of young, still-improving players like Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Blake Swihart. Barring any major injuries, the Red Sox look good to compete for an AL East title in 2016.