MLB Trade Rumors: Rafael Betancourt Would Be Wrong Move for Red Sox

Tom FitzContributor IIIJuly 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 08: Rafael Betancourt #63 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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According to reports by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have shown interest in Colorado Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt.

Playing in a park generally not kind to pitchers, Betancourt has put up great numbers. In 32 games, Betancourt has compiled a 2.84 ERA with 15 saves and 34 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched.

Cafardo also said that the Red Sox have been scouting Betancourt recently.

But Buster Olney of ESPN does not believe a trade will happen. Olney recently tweeted: 

COL would have to be overwhelmed in any offer from other teams to swap Rafael Betancourt,Matt Belisle, so deals with either highly unlikely.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 21, 2012


It is an interesting scenario for Boston.

According to Tom Britton of the Providence Journal, Scott Atchison is going on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his forearm. Atchison has been the MVP of the bullpen for Boston this season, posting a 1.76 ERA in 46 innings pitched. He has struck out 34 and only has walked eight.

The injury to Atchison is a tough one for Boston, but it is one the team can absorb. The bullpen has been a bright spot in an overall mediocre season for the Red Sox. Adding Betancourt to the mix would be nice, but it is a completely unnecessary move—especially if Colorado wants to be “overwhelmed” by an offer for him.  

The Red Sox also have Andrew Bailey set to return in the not too distant future. According to ESPN, Bailey is “close to throwing off a mound.” 

Although Olney believes Colorado would have to be overwhelmed in any deal for Betancourt, Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors writes, "Boston likely wouldn't want to give up prospects for him but could offer an outfielder." 

It is true that Boston will have a surplus of outfielders when Carl Crawford returns to the lineup. But none of its presumably available outfielders (Ryan Sweeney, Daniel Nava, Cody Ross) fall under that overwhelming category. 

The Red Sox have a strong bullpen, one that will only get stronger when Bailey returns. Would Betancourt be a nice addition to Boston's bullpen? Of course. Is he worth using up some of Boston's potential trade chips? I don't think he is.