Red Sox Trade Deadline Targets

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The Red Sox are currently sitting in a position where they’ll be battling for a Wild Card spot to enter the playoffs with roughly 90 games or so to play.  The Red Sox by all accounts have underperformed all season, with the bullpen being the glaring need of this team.  The MLB trade deadline is about a month away and the Red Sox will need to make improvements to this roster if they plan on repeating as World Series Champions. 

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made some under the radar moves last season that would prove to be enough to get his team over the hump and win the World Series.  Dombrowski acquired eventual World Series MVP Steve Pearce, playoff hero Nathan Eovaldi, and Ian Kinsler as moves to strengthen the roster. 

The clock is ticking for Dombrowski to improve this Red Sox roster.  Photo courtesy of  Heightline.com

What does Dombrowski need to do this year?  His club is battling for the Wild Card and is in third in the AL East.  Here are some targets for the Red Sox to improve this roster and get this team laser focused on getting into the postseason. 

RELIEF PITCHERS

This closer by committee thing has not worked, at all.  Remember back in 2003 they tried this too, they had to make a deal to acquire Scott Williamson to stabilize the pen, and even he wasn’t enough.  The Red Sox need to get someone with experience to close the door in the ninth. 

Greg Holland: 
The Arizona Diamondbacks reliever will be sought after in the trade market as we approach the July 31st deadline.  This season he has been lights out for the 'Backs, posting a 1.99 ERA and a 11.6 K per 9 innings.  Holland, while not the fireball thrower from his days in Kansas City, would help stabilize the Red Sox bullpen in the eighth, or could even serve as a ninth inning option for manager Alex Cora.  The cost for Holland may not be as expensive either, as the righty is coming off surgery, and he will be a free agent at seasons end.  While not the “closer” the Red Sox need, from a cost perspective, Holland will command a lower price tag, and there is upside because right now the Red Sox have no clear option for the eighth/ninth. 

I also like the Red Sox going after Kirby Yates, who has been pretty dominant in San Diego this season.  Also, keep on an eye on the Tigers Shane Greene as an option for the Sox.  Speaking of the Tigers, keep on reading. 

STARTING PITCHERS

Shop the 2019 Father's Day Collection at MLBshop.comThe obvious name is San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.  He’s a name that Dombrowski will gravitate towards, and he would undoubtedly help bolster the rotation.  One name to keep tabs on is out of Detroit, Tigers starter Matthew Boyd.

Matthew Boyd:
 The Tigers, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, are willing to deal “virtually any veteran on their roster”.  Now, Boyd would be an ideal fit in Boston, but the ask from the Tigers will be high.  Boyd has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball in 2019, and he comes with three years of team control.  Boyd is 5-5 with a 3.35 ERA, this is on a team that is currently 20 games behind the AL Central leader for first place.  The 28-year-old lefty would help net the Tigers a premium return to rebuild a horrid farm system (remember Dombrowski worked for the Tigers).

The Red Sox would have to part with its best assets to obtain the services of Boyd.  With three years of control, I’d have the conversation with Detroit.  If you are looking for a comp for a trade of Boyd, look at the haul the White Sox got in return for Jose Quintana when they dealt him to the Cubs.  They got back Eloy Jimenez - just some food for thought.

BATS

I will start off by saying I am not in the Jackie Bradley Jr. fan club and I would drive him to the airport if the Red Sox dealt him.  No need to Uber or Lyft JBJ, just DM me on Twitter and I’ll have you to Logan in no time.

I understand the defense and glove he possesses, I understand he is arguably one of the best outfielders I have ever seen to wear a Red Sox uniform.  AND…. I understand he hit two monster homers in last year's run to a World Series title.  Having said all that, I would still trade him because this team needs a jolt and a jolt with the bat goes a lot further than his glove.  Sorry Boston fans.

Reportedly last year the Red Sox turned down a swap of JBJ for the Dodgers Yasiel Puig.  While I’m not a fan of JBJ, I would not deal him straight up for Puig.  I think the Sox could get a decent return for JBJ from a team that values his glove more so than his bat.  But I do like the idea of Puig dropping bombs over the Green Monster.

Yasiel Puig: 
Puig this season is hitting .222 and has 11 home runs.  He isn’t exactly living up to the hype the Reds were hoping to get when they acquired him from the Dodgers.  He does provide an offensive upgrade over JBJ, and if he comes to Boston, he doesn’t have to be the main piece to the lineup.  Puig could slot in nicely hitting sixth in this line up.  While his name is flashy, Puig will provide the Sox a spark with the bat, and when he hits his first bomb over the monster the Fenway Faithful will fall in love.  The Red Sox could move Benintendi to center field to slot Puig into left field.

At the end of the day, these are all speculations on my part.  But the Red Sox do need to do something.  As currently built, they will not make a deep run in the postseason.  Dombrowski is doing his due diligence for his team, but he needs to react quickly, because the season is almost halfway over.


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