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McAdam: Why the Red Sox shouldn’t sign your favorite free agent

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Not that you'd know it by any sort of activity or -- heaven forbid -- actual signings, but baseball's free agency period has actually begun.

Gentleman.....start your spreadsheets!

It will be a while before there's any news, but even before the pandemic, executives and agents did their tedious dance. And, now, with money tighter than ever and bidding sure to be more restrained, it could be Christmas before there's much to report.

In the meantime, you've probably got some ideas about how the Red Sox should spent some of their available cash.

I, on the other hand, am here to disabuse you or whatever notion you have in your head. (Some free agents may, in fact, be decent suggestions). But I digress.

Think of me as Manute Bol, gleefully swatting away your recommendations and providing the necessary evidence to buttress my arguments.

Ready?

D.J. LeMahieu, 2B
Why you might think it's a good idea:
The Red Sox have a glaring hole at second and LeMahieu is an above-average defender. He's also an excellent offensive player who's seemingly getting better with age (OPS last two seasons: 893; 1.011). Plus, it stands to reason that taking a star player away from the Yankees is, by definition, a good thing.