In looking at the Boston Red Sox' roster going into this offseason, one thing that stands out is the lack of players with significant trade value on their major league team.
I don't think Boston will look to move Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Junichi Tazawa, Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks or David Ortiz.
John Lackey is probably unmovable until he throws in spring training.
And the Red Sox top minor league prospects aren't likely to be going anywhere. Building from within is the way for Boston to ween itself off of its reliance on the free-agent market.
So where does that leave the Sox this offseason in trying to get better for the short-term?
The only other player on their major league roster who really jumps out to me as someone with high trade value is Felix Doubront.
Doubront had a solid 2012 and was one of the few bright spots on the team. Doubront finished with an 11-10 record and a 4.86 ERA. He made 29 starts for the Sox and averaged 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Doubront did struggle with his command during the season, walking 4.0 batters per nine innings and having a high WHIP of 1.447.
Now trading a 25-year-old cost-controlled lefty might not make immediate sense, but I'll give you six reasons why to do it now: Allen Webster, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo, Rubby De La Rosa, Henry Owens and Brandon Workman.
The Red Sox finally have arms coming through their system, with some of these pitchers forcing their way onto the major league staff next season. All six pitchers make Doubront expendable to fill other needs.
With the free-agent market flush with short-term pitching options, the Red Sox could replace Doubront's 29 starts in 2013 by bringing in someone to keep the seat warm for one of their prospects.
I've looked at Carlos Gonzalez as one potential option for the Sox moving Doubront.
Here are some other trades that the Red Sox should explore for Doubront.
All stats used are from Baseball Reference.com website