The 2014 trade deadline figures to be a turbulent time for the Boston Red Sox. And with such turbulence will likely come changes to this Top 10 list, too.
We saw the first push toward rebuilding come earlier this week, when the Red Sox traded Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants for left-handed starting pitching prospect Edwin Escobar and right-handed reliever prospect Heath Hembree.
Neither Escobar nor Hembree is going to crack this list—I'd rank Escobar 11th, right ahead of Brian Johnson, and Hembree somewhere in the high teens/low 20s. But if the Sox move more major pieces, say a Koji Uehara, an Andrew Miller or a Jon Lester, we could see prospects coming back to Boston who will find themselves ranking high on this list.
For now, consider this the calm before the storm. But know that next week, these rankings could look very different indeed.
Players who have exceeded 130 plate appearances or 50 innings pitched in the majors are not eligible for these rankings. All stats as of July 26, 2014.