Relief Pitching, Catcher
1) Joe Blanton- Blanton has become expendable in Philly since the Cliff Lee signing, and word on the street is that the Sox and Phillies have had some talks about the big guy.
2) Ryan Doumit- Doumit has been great in Pittsburgh whenever he's been healthy. But with Tony Sanchez rising through the ranks, and playing Major League caliber defense right now, he's not going to be around long. The Pirates have already reportedly begun shopping him around, and one team you would have to think would be interested is the Red Sox. They have a amalgam of backstops right now, but no clear number one guy. Doumit could be that, and would probably shine given regular playing time on a contender for the first time in his career.
3) Matt Lindstrom- Lindstrom is also on the market apparently. The Astros could probably get a pretty good haul for him, but the Red Sox might have the most appealing pieces. Lindstrom could either give the Sox another insurance policy for Jonathan Papelbon, or could lock down a late-inning role, something the Sox have been seeking.
4) Heath Bell- If the Sox really jump off the Papel-wagon, they could set their sights on Bell. He has been outstanding the past two years for San Diego, and will probably be in a price-range that will out-pace the Padres ability to spend.
5) Mark Buehrle- If the Sox are able to move Dice-K, possibly out west, they could stand to add another veteran arm. Buehrle would probably love to get a serious chance at a pennant, and I'm sure wouldn't mind the move. And the Sox have some desirable pieces.
Prospect Trade Bait
1) Lars Anderson, 1B- Anderson has basically been rendered moot with the trade for Adrian Gonzalez. At one time he was the first-baseman of the future in Boston, a similar hitter to Kevin Youkilis. But somewhere along his path, he lost his ability to hit for average, and then for power. He regained his stroke last season, and with Anthony Rizzo's name floating around the trade rumor mill, it looked like Anderson might finally get his shot. And the Gonzalez happened. With Casey Kelly gone, he is basically the Sox biggest bargaining chip.
2) Felix Doubront, LHP- Doubront is another in a long line of pitchers who will most likely never get a shot in Boston, and like most of the others, he could find himself on his way to somewhere else, as a part of a package to bring another big name to Beantown. He pitched well in 12-games for the Sox, as both a starter and reliever, which should give him more flexibility when Theo Epstein inevitably starts shopping him.
3) Michael Bowden, RHP- Bowden has the same story as Doubront. A former first-round pick, he has had numerous cups of coffee in Boston, but has yet to stick. He's made over 60 appearances at the Sox Triple-A affiliate, so he could end up elsewhere if he can't find a permanent home somewhere in Boston's rotation or bullpen.
4) Che-Hsuan Lin, OF- With Reymond Fuentes in San Diego, Lin represents the Sox best all-around outfielder. He has gap power, great speed and excellent plate discipline, the best in the system. It's been hard to young outfield prospects to stick in Boston, so Lin could be another in a long line, especially with the Carl Crawford signing.
5) Will Middlebrooks, 3B- Middlebrooks had arguably the best season of any Boston minor leaguer last year. He still struck out 121 times and hit only .276, but he showed excellent balance, hitting 12 homers, driving in 70 runs, and scoring 69 of his own. With both first- and third-base filled for years to come, Middlebrooks might have to find another organization to find relevance.