MLB Trade Rumors: 4 Trade Options for the Boston Red Sox Going into July
Now that injuries are setting in for the Fenway Faithful, now would be a perfect time for Theo to consider his options for some mid-season acquisitions before the trade deadline. With the sudden scare of Dustin Pedroia possibly missing up to a month, and Diasuke Matsuzaka down with Tommy John, there is no such thing as too much depth.
Fortunately for Red Sox nation, Pedroia will not require surgery and will no longer need a replacement at second. However, the Boston bullpen is growing dangerously thin, and there has been speculation that Papelbon is on his way out of Boston.
With Marco Scutaro, Jed Lowrie, and Pedroia all playing injured up the middle, one could suspect that the Sox will look to find a nice utility man who can play both infield and outfield.
Let the talk begin...
Find a Real Shortstop for the Future
Fact: Marco Scutaro is not getting any younger.
Scutaro's average is sub-par, and although Jed Lowrie has been a serviceable substitute at short for the time being, he is still injury plagued. Scutaro, Lowrie and Pedroia are all injured, and it has impacted their game.
Signs showed that Jose Iglesias was the man for the job in 2012, but his brief stint and low batting average in Triple-A Pawtucket has proven he still needs some seasoning. The Red Sox need some help up the middle.
My suggestion: Trade for Jose Reyes. Yes this is a crazy idea and probably will not happen, but the Mets are looking to dispatch the home grown star to free up some money after the Bernie Madoff incident. Who wouldn't want to see Reyes in a Sox uniform?!
Find an Everyday Catcher
Fact: Jason Varitek is 39 years old, and is not getting any younger.
He is getting weaker, and the bat is not what it used to be. However, he is arguably one of the best catchers of all-time and has been a more than great mentor to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but neither can hold the spot for the Red Sox.
Going into 2011, everyone believed that Saltalamacchia could take on the job as catcher for the Boston Red Sox but his .236 average is not cutting it.
My suggestion: Trade for Chris Iannetta or Geovany Soto. The Sox need to do something behind the plate, and both have been on the market for quite some time now. Not necessarily these two, but the Sox need to take a good look at their options.
Find Some Pitching Depth
Fact: Daisuke Matsuzaka will be sidelined for the rest of the 2011 season with Tommy John surgery.
He was one of the worst signings in Red Sox history. He put up solid numbers his first 2 seasons, then just fell off the table.
Then to add John Lackey's injury and sub-par first season, which leaves Theo with some questions. Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves both proved they can be a fifth starter, which could also give the Sox Bullpen extra rest.
My suggestion: Trade for Francisco Liriano. Liriano hasn't been the Liriano of the past since 2007, but I believe a change of scenery will bring him to near Cy Young stats once again. Or trading for Joe Nathan or even Jonathan Sanchez wouldn't be bad ideas either.
Find a Right Fielder
Fact: J.D. Drew is an utter dissapointment.
He was the MVP of the 2008 Al-Star game, but has been highly criticized for his apparent lack of effort. He is overrated, could care less about the game, and was another mediocre signing. It is safe to say that Tito or Theo will not need to worry about left or right for a while now; it's time for change.
My suggestion: Call up Kalish already. Well not anymore, due to his injury, but he is more than likely the right fielder of the future for the Red Sox.
With the legal troubles with the Mets, trading for Carlos Beltran wouldn't be a bad decision. A couple of low-level prospects should do the trick, and Beltran could be the bridge to Kalish.
The Sox Should Be Fine for Now
As of now there is no need to worry about the Sox just yet. Not until the Sox are ready to make a push at the trade deadline.