After a tough loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at home, the Red Sox got a much anticipated surprise. The Boston Red Sox made a late night trade with the Washington Nationals for Kyle Schwarber. The 28 year old outfielder was traded to Boston in the late hours on Thursday night. This trade came as a surprise to Red Sox Nation, as big names like Anthony Rizzo and Max Scherzer were making headlines of their own.
With the addition of Kyle Schwarber to Boston’s line up, they gain a much needed lefty bat that can help them in the middle of the line up. So far in 2021, Schwarber is hitting .253 with 25 home runs and 53 RBI’s in 72 games with the Nationals. Now, as a member of the Red Sox, Schwarber will be a key component to the Red Sox line up. With only a few more hours to go before 4pm, will the Red Sox add more names to the roster? Only time will tell.
Kyle Schwarber Will Be Bringing The Big Bat To Boston
If there is one thing that Kyle Schwarber is good at, it is hitting mammoth home runs. In just seven seasons, he has hit 145 career home runs, and 25 so far this season. While playing in the 2016 National League Championship Series against the St Louis Cardinals, Schwarber hit a home run so far that it landed on top of the Wrigley Field scoreboard in right field. Following the game, the ball was encased on top of the scoreboard for quite sometime. Since then, the Ohio native has hit many memorable home runs as a member of the Chicago Cubs, and as a brief member of the Nationals. Just last month, Schwarber hit 12 home runs in 10 games, which tied a MLB modern day record. This led him to win National League Player of the Month for June 2021.
Prior to signing with the Nationals this past offseason, Schwarber played for the Chicago Cubs for six seasons. During his time in Chicago, he hit .230 with 121 home runs and 279 RBI’s. Called up as a catcher in 2015, Schwarber moved to left field in 2016. In 562 career MLB games, Kyle Schwarber has played a number of positions. His most played is left field, at 533. He has played four games in right, one game as a 1st baseman, and 26 as a catcher. He has also been a designated hitter 31 times in his career. With his versatility in the field, he will be a big part of the Red Sox team this season, and hopefully next season as well.
Getting To Know Kyle Schwarber
Drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft, Kyle Schwarber was compared to Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and Matt Stairs in regards to his offense. His hard work paid off a shortly after being drafted. Schwarber made his Major League debut with the Cubs on June 16th 2015 against the Cleveland Indians. He came in as a defensive replacement for catcher Miguel Montero. The 2016 World Series champion recorded his first hit the next day, where he went 4 for 5 in the game. His first major league home run came on the 18th, also against the Indians. His second season didn’t go as planned. Two games in, he was involved in an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler, after which he missed the majority of the season. He was able to play in the 2016 World Series, and help the Cubs win their first Championship in 108 years.
After playing in Chicago for seven seasons, the Cubs non-tendered Schwarber. This allowed him to be a free agent for the first time in his career. On January 9th, 2021, the Ohio native signed a one year deal with the Washington Nationals. This deal came with a mutual option for the 2022 season. Schwarber was having a career season in DC prior to the trade with Boston. Not only was he named Player of the Month in June, but he was elected to his first All-Star Game. During his time with the Nationals, he became a fan favorite. Schwarber will be looking to make a name for himself here in Boston, as he looks to win another World Series Championship.
What’s Next For Boston
The trade deadline officially ends today at 4pm EST. There are still many players that can be moved. It will be interesting to see what Bloom does next for the team. Right now, Max Scherzer is heading west to either the Dodgers or the Padres. Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo were traded to the Yankees over the course of the past few days. Other players, like Brad Hand and Danny Hudson have also found new homes. The second half of 2021 will be a race to the finish, as teams look to bolster their rosters.
Boston is heading out on the road after a wild homestand. They will be in Tampa Bay taking on the second place Rays starting tonight at 7:10pm. Martin Perez, Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta will be looking to keep the Rays in check during the three game series. After Tampa Bay, Boston heads to Detroit to take on the Tigers for three games. Finally, they will be closing the road trip in Toronto – Yes, Toronto – to take on the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre for the first time since September 19th, 2019.