To buy or to sell?
It's a difficult question for the Red Sox to answer right now.
At 38-45, the Red Sox sit in no-man's land in the AL East. As such, determining which players the Red Sox should aggressively shop leading up to the trade deadline is murky.
If the Red Sox become sellers, Jon Lester leaps to the top of the list.
If they become buyers, Boston needs to consider moving some of their best prospects.
In a winnable AL East, the team will take all the time it can get leading up to the trade deadline on July 31 to evaluate its prospects for contention.
The first half has seen a gradual infusion of young talent into the team. Xander Bogaerts is entrenched in the lineup, Brock Holt has emerged as the leadoff man with position versatility and Mookie Betts became the latest top Sox prospect to hit the majors when he debuted Sunday night. Brandon Workman is now a member of the rotation, and Rubby De La Rosa made a convincing case to remain included on the staff when he filled in earlier in June.
For now, the best tactic for the Sox is one that doesn't significantly compromise the team's chance to contend.
With so many underperforming players in the first half, it can reasonably be expected that their production will start improving. Combined with new and eventual contributors from the farm system, a second-half run would not be surprising.
So which players should Boston aggressively shop in a trade? Let's find out.