Boston Red Sox Get: 3B Chase Headley
San Diego Padres Get: SP Anthony Ranaudo, SP Allen Webster
The Boston Red Sox have a quandary on their hands at third base thanks to Will Middlebrooks. And no, that isn’t because he is currently on the 15-day disabled list. The real problem is the fact that he hasn’t played very well this year.
As a result, rumblings have started to surface that indicate the Carmines are looking to replace him. First, Jon Heyman tweeted that the support for the inured third baseman is tepid, at best. Then word came from WEEI’s Rob Bradford that a source said the club is “exploring multiple options regarding an upgrade on the left side of their infield, including calling teams regarding possible trades.”
The need for improvement—especially at the hot corner—is real. Before getting injured, Middlebrooks was hitting .197 with a .629 OPS and 23 strikeouts in 71 at-bats.
Now the Red Sox do have Garin Cecchini in the minor leagues, and he appears ready, but if general manager Ben Cherington is indeed looking to add a third baseman via trade, he could go after Chase Headley.
To be sure, Headley is struggling for the San Diego Padres, hitting a mere .189 with a .634 OPS, but he could thrive in Fenway. And while his statistics aren’t much of an improvement (if any) over Middlebrooks’, he is certainly an upgrade on the whole given his past production.
In return for Headley, who is a free agent at the end of the season, the Red Sox would send right-handers Anthony Ranaudo and Allen Webster.
Webster is highly rated but has found limited success in the big leagues. Ranaudo has a wealth of talent, but his control issues are preventing him from taking the next step this season. That doesn’t mean, however, that both of them won’t be impact pitchers in the coming years.
In this scenario, Cecchini stays put, and while both pitchers are nice pieces, their presence won’t be missed if Headley helps the Red Sox reach the postseason.