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Odds of a trade: Highly Unlikely
As far as players the Red Sox could potentially part ways with at the deadline go, third baseman Will Middlebrooks has surfaced frequently in discussions.
Middlebrooks had a breakout season in 2012 before missing the end with a broken wrist. But since his return in 2013, he's done very little to impress. The 24-year-old posted a poor .194 batting average over 53 appearances before being demoted to Triple-A.
Perhaps the season's biggest surprise, Jose Iglesias, has since stepped into Middlebrooks' position full-time—that is, until Stephen Drew injured his hamstring and Iglesias had to slide over to shortstop. Call-up Brock Holt has mainly taken over at third.
Without both Middlebrooks and Drew producing at this time, the Red Sox could be looking to upgrade their left side of the infield. Yet the organization appears committed to Middlebrooks, who last season looked on track to have a long and successful career in Boston.
The Sox continue to stress that they are simply committed to the plan to give Middlebrooks time to get back his swing in the minors. He's also put up strong numbers lately in Pawtucket, suggesting he's poised to bounce back in the second half of the year.
Though the Red Sox might have their ears open for potential third basemen and Middlebrooks would likely be looked at as good bait, don't count him out just yet.