As June 15 has passed a few days ago, the Boston Red Sox are now eligible to trade away Brad Penny as well as all other free agent signings this past offseason. As we head towards the deadline, Boston has been rumored to make trades with several teams over several different players. Today I am going to look at some of the trading rumors that look possible to me as well as several other things Boston can do with their many stars.
First of all, rumors first reported by FOX's Ken Rosenthal have claimed that several teams including Washington and Texas have shown initial interest in Takashi Saito as well as the Boston native, Manny Delcarmen. Before I look at possible destinations for these two, I think Boston would be foolish to trade either man. Both of them have been very consistent and they have made this bullpen the best one in recent memory for the Red Sox.
In early May, rumors speculated that the Nationals would trade Nick Johnson for Manny Delcarmen. As bad as this move is for Washington, I think Boston made the right choice in making this deal because if Ortiz remains consistent then we do not need a big hitter.
With David Ortiz vastly returning to old form as of late, Boston does not need a big bat due to their solid lineup. With protection from Jason Bay, Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis, and Jason Varitek in the lineup, Ortiz does not need to hit over 35 home runs and knock in 130 runs like he did in his earlier years with the club. I now highly doubt Boston will look for a power hitter unless Ortiz falls back into his slump.
If that happens, I would be all open to a Saito-Blalock trade with Texas as rumored earlier though it would take time due to Josh Hamilton's injury. I would also be open to maybe Victor Martinez coming over from Cleveland in exchange for Delcarmen and a prospect.
Some big bats that I could see coming to Boston would include Adrian Gonzalez and Adam Dunn who would be perfect fits for the DH position if Ortiz goes back into his slump. It would probably cost Clay Buchholz or Michael Bowden with a younger prospect for Gonzalez, but I could see Delcarman, Penny, and cash in exchange for Adam Dunn.
Speaking of Brad Penny, he may be the best pitcher on the trading block considering that San Diego's Jake Peavy has been injured. Several teams including the Phillies, Mets, and others have shown serious interest in Penny. Seeing how well he has played over his past couple of starts, he should be a hot commodity. I think moving him will be a good move because we have so much better pitching in Buchholz and Bowden in Triple A as well as John Smoltz who will be returning next Thursday.
Lastly is the shortstop position which is in need the most. Lugo and Green have provided some quality offense as of late, but their work with the leather is pretty unbearable. Their errors have cost Boston at least two or three games this season.
With that said, Boston has looked at almost every shortstop in baseball. After the Jack Wilson deal fell apart, Boston has observed J.J. Hardy, Willy Aybar, Orlando Cabrera, Bobby Crosby, and they have looked at Michael Young. Looking at those possibilities, I would love to see Orlando Cabrera or J.J. Hardy come to Boston and I could see on of them packaged to Boston in a deal including Brad Penny or Takashi Saito.
Well that is my short analysis on the Red Sox trading possibilities for now. I would also like to start a potential mailbag on baseball in general. So if you have any questions that you would like to send in then email me at my address that can be found on my profile page.