Boston Red Sox: 5 Trade Deadline Moves That Would Bring Fans Hope
With Kevin Youkilis recently being shipped to the White Sox, the Boston Red Sox and first-year GM Ben Cherington have made it known that they’re not afraid to make some waves if it means waking up this team.
Even though they sold away one of the franchise’s most beloved players for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart, the team may be sellers and buyers at the trade deadline.
Currently standing in fourth place in the AL East, the Sox are 5.5 games back of the Yankees and could climb their way back.
Despite a plethora of outfield injuries, the Red Sox have statistically hit the ball well this year, as pitching has been the club’s Achilles heel.
If the Red Sox are going to climb into striking distance of first place, Cherington will need to make another deal or two before the trade deadline passes.
Here’s a list five players the Red Sox could potentially acquire in order to give their fans hope at a playoff run.
Ryan Dempster, SP (Cubs)
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Considering the relationship between Cubs front office man Theo Epstein and his former team in the Red Sox, Chicago and Boston could be doing some dealing together before the trade deadline passes.
One move that the Red Sox have considered is trading for starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, according to the Chicago Tribune.
With Clay Buchholz on the DL and Josh Beckett and Jon Lester pitching inconsistently all year, the club needs a top-of-the-line starting pitcher to come and provide reliable services.
The 35-year-old Dempster could do just that for the team. Even though he’s currently on the 15-day DL, the veteran hurler has pitched well this year with a 2.11 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 81.0 innings of work.
Matt Garza, SP (Cubs)
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If another suitor acquires Dempster from the Cubs, don’t be surprised if the Red Sox continue fishing through Chicago’s starting rotation.
Another target at the trade deadline could be Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza, according to Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.
Even though Garza has a pedestrian 4.06 ERA, the hard-throwing pitcher has pitched well in his last five starts with a 3.77 ERA, .0968 WHIP, and 8.71 strikeouts per nine innings.
Also, Garza played for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008-10, so he has experience pitching in the AL East—something that could prove valuable to the Red Sox down the stretch.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP (Astros)
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The 33-year-old left-hander has been on Boston’s radar for the past couple of years and for good reason.
Including this season, Rodriguez’s ERA hasn’t been higher than 3.60 in the past five years—a consistency that has evaded Red Sox pitchers.
So far in the 2012 campaign, Rodriguez started 15 games with a 3.29 ERA but only six wins to show for it, as his supporting offense has hurt his stat line.
Not only would Rodriguez be an effective acquisition, he also shouldn’t be too hard to trade for, considering how the lowly Astros should be sellers once again this season.
Gerardo Parra, LF (Diamondbacks)
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Boston’s outfielders have been plagued by injuries all season, so a young, healthy addition to the club couldn’t hurt at all.
Considering this, the Red Sox justifiably inquired about Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra during their Kevin Youkilis trade talks, according to a tweet by FoxSportsArizona.com’s Jack Magruder.
While the D’backs respectfully declined, the Red Sox shouldn’t give up on trying to acquire the young talent as they have the healthy, deep farm system to make a formidable offer to the NL West club.
Parra would be worth it, as this year he’s hit six homers, 22 RBIs, and has stolen 10 bags.
While the numbers aren’t overwhelming, the 25-year-old Venezuelan has just three full years in the majors under his belt and has a vast ceiling for improvement.
Starlin Castro, SS (Cubs)
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After surrendering Kevin Youkilis to the trade market and with Dustin Pedroia battling injuries all year, the Red Sox could use some infield depth to help their potential push for a playoff spot.
And who better to bring in to help the infield than highly-touted youngster Starlin Castro.
An All-Star last year, the 22-year-old has played well in 2012 with a .304 batting average, 16 stolen bases, and 38 RBIs.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, it would only take one or two big-time prospects to pry Castro away from the Cubs, and the Sox’s farm system is oozing with young talent.
If the Cubs make their shortstop officially available, Cherington should immediately take that opportunity.