Red Sox Rumors: What a Sonny Gray to the Red Sox Trade Package Could Look Like

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The Red Sox have been aggressive this offseason in trying to improve their pitching staff as a whole.  The club has yet to land anyone to improve their rotation, but they were in the mix for Charlie Morton before he signed with the Braves. 

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Over the next few weeks as free agency begins to finally get underway, the Red Sox should be competitive in attempting to land some help for the rotation.  Red Sox fans will be looking for Chaim Bloom to make a big splash, perhaps landing Trevor Bauer, the biggest prize on the market.  It's unknown yet where Bauer wants to go, but he's continuing his trolling on Twitter, teasing fans where he'll pitch in 2021.

As Bauer plays grab ass on Twitter with fans all over the country, the Red Sox have to add to quality starting pitching.  With teams looking for cheap and controllable arms, the Red Sox have a ton of competition despite having the financial flexibility to spend this year. 

Which leads me to back to Bauer and a former teammate of his, Sonny Gray.  The Reds have reportedly kicking the tires on a potential Gray trade.  They have one of the worst farm systems in baseball and may look to retool and grab some young talent with their most tradable commodity.  The Reds are expected to reduce their payroll as a byproduct of the lack of revenue this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The club non-tendered reliever Archie Bradley, catcher Curt Casali, outfielder Brian Goodwin at the non-tender deadline. 

While non-tendering players doesn't mean a team is signaling waiving of the white flag, it certainly could mean they're interested in making additional moves. 

Gray is signed through 2022 with a club option for 2023, which could be attractive for Bloom.  He will enter next season at 31-years-old and coming off a year where he started 11 games, going 5-3 with a 3.70 ERA with 72 punch outs.

If Bloom is going to make a serious run at Gray he is going to have to part with prospects and potentially players who are ready to make a push to be Major League ready.  According to BlogRedMachine.com, a FanSide website devoted to the Reds, they have Gray going to Boston for righty Tanner Houck, shortstop prospect C.J. Chatham and Triston Casas.  If that is the asking price for Gray, I am out on that deal. 

The Red Sox should look to begin trade conversations surrounding Bobby Dalbec and not Casas.  As these young players develop in the Red Sox system there is going to eventually be an odd man out when it comes to Dalbec and Casas.  The Red Sox already have Rafael Devers at third who they can move across the diamond if they need too.  Casas is projecting to be a top power hitting prospect drawing comparisons to the Braves Freddie Freeman.  The club also has Blaze Jordan, who they drafted last year who is still a long way from producing for the Red Sox. 

I've stated before and I'm not trading Houck right now unless the Red Sox are getting a young controllable starter back with upside to lead the rotation.  We currently only have three starts to go off of from last year, but during those three starts he was lights out.  The league will definitely be able to figure him out next season and he'll come back down to earth, but I still have pause on trading him. 

If the Red Sox are indeed true players for Gray, I would look to center the trade around Dalbec, Jason Groome and C.J. Chatham.  The Reds are in the market for a young shortstop and Chatham could provide depth for them.  The Red Sox could sell high on Dalbec after his fast and hot start towards the end of last season.  In 23 games played, the former fourth-round draft pick slashed .263/.359/.600.  He also belted eight home runs while knocking in 16 RBI's over 92 plate appearances.  According to FanGraphs, during the month of August he was the Red Sox most dangerous hitter during the month of August. 

If the Reds are seriously going to entertain trading Gray, it is going to take a package of young players.  With him under control of the next two seasons at $10 million dollars per, his contract is very affordable and will be attractive to teams. 

I would expect the Reds to listen on Gray, but I am unsure whether Bloom is ready to begin moving the young players within his system.  The Red Sox should make the call and check his availability, but if it means to overpay for him, I would focus strictly on the free agent marker and spend money versus prospects this offseason.  There is a surplus of players on the open market and the Red Sox have money to spend to replenish this roster.  It is still early in the free agency, but the Red Sox are going to strike and add some depth, it's just taking a while to get there. 


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  1. I would not trade Houck what if this kid is the next greg Maddux and besides didn't gray pitch in new york and was terribel under preaussure?

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