Red Sox Rumors: Top 3 Free Agent Options To Replace Casas At First Base

The Boston Red Sox received a tough break earlier this week when prized youngster, Triston Casas suffered a fractured rib and has lost to the team until at least June. Boston has recalled Bobby Dalbec to play first base, but with a .054/.125/.081 slashline, obviously they'll need to do something to add to the position.

Here are three prime candidates the Red Sox are said to have interest in:

Brandon Belt

The veteran first-sacker had a solid season in his one year with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2023, providing pretty much what they paid for, with an OPS+ of 136, with 19 homers in 103 games along with an OPS of .858. He's 36 now, so won't be the answer on an everyday basis, but can certainly still help the cause. 

Garrett Cooper

The 33-year-old is a new entry to the free agent market as he was DFA'd by the Chicago Cubs earlier this week and placed on waivers after hitting .270 with a homer and six RBI in 12 games. He can get on base, with a .337 career OBP, but he doesn't provide much power. 

CJ Cron

The Red Sox have reportedly recently reached out to the veteran slugger, after having brought him in during spring training. He didn't break camp with the big club and triggered an opt-out clause on his minor-league deal to become a free agent once again. Now, with a need at first, the BoSox could be revisiting Cron. He's a ten-year major-league veteran with plenty of power, but he apparently is not game-ready, according to Sean McAdam of MassLive, and would need plenty of ramp-up time. 

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