Nobody knows when the MLB lockout will end, but some developments have come out of negotiations. Both the owners and players agreed to a universal DH across MLB, which is very excited for fans who love offense. However, this was not the news Red Sox Nation to hear.
Kyle Schwarber, who Boston acquired at the deadline, was instrumental in the team’s playoff success. This led to his Kyle from Waltham nickname because he gave off the vibe he was one of us…
Just a kid from Waltham, Massachusetts, who made it big for his hometown team. Keep in mind that Schwarber is from Middletown, Ohio, so this was a pretend narrative, but the fans embraced it.
More Demand for Kyle from Waltham
The universal DH makes Schwarber appealing to 15 additional teams in the National League. This does not mean Boston has no chance of resigning the free agent, but it does hurt the odds he is back hitting bombs at Fenway Park after the lockout.
Schwarber is allegedly looking for a three-year deal worth upwards of $60 million, and I think he is worth close to this amount. His WAR in 2021 was 3.2 with 32 homers. The DH is a power bat that can also play multiple positions, so he is a valuable player to a lot of franchises.
Schwarber had an option with Boston for the 2022 season worth $11.5 million, but he declined to hit free agency. Chaim Bloom said Schwarber would be a priority heading into the offseason, but this was before the universal DH came into play.
If Boston is caught in a bidding war, Bloom is not the executive to shell out big money for a Schwarber-caliber player. Three teams in the National League have stated they will pursue Schwarber following the lockout.
NL Teams that Could Use Schwarber
The Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Philadelphia Phillies have all shown interest since the universal DH became a reality. Out of these three teams and Boston, the Red Sox have a chance to land Schwarber.
Although, I believe Boston will be outbid by the Philadelphia Phillies, who desperately need a left-handed power bat. Additionally, many more teams will be interested in the slugger when they evaluate their rosters following the lockout.