Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox thought that they had the ninth inning taken care of for the next couple of years when they signed Matt Barnes to an extension.
Considering that Barnes had an All Star caliber first half to the 2021 season, there was no reason to question that decision. He had been a solid setup man prior to his extension as well, making him the perfect piece for the Red Sox to lock in. The problem is that Barnes imploded almost immediately after he was locked in, struggling to the point where the Red Sox did not put him on the postseason roster.
While it is entirely possible that he will return to form in 2022, that is not a gamble the Red Sox can take, especially with their postseason aspirations. Although Lou Trivino is not exactly a given either, the Oakland A’s closer would provide a solid fallback option.
The Red Sox are not done addressing their pitching staff. Although they added several lottery tickets to the rotation, the bullpen still needs plenty of work. They have been linked to other closers as well, whether by trade or in free agency. Trivino, while he may not be an exciting option, would be a cost effective piece for their relief corps.
Lou Trivino will draw plenty of interest if he is placed on the trade block. The Boston Red Sox could be a perfect fit for his services.