As of right now the Red Sox have five outfielders: Carl Crawford (DL), Jacoby Ellsbury, JD Drew, Josh Reddick, and Darnell McDonald.
Of the five, only McDonald is right-handed.
It has been no secret that the Red Sox have been getting limited production from their outfielders this season (exception Ellsbury and Reddick).
It is clear GM Theo Epstein needs to make a move to bring in a solid, offensive right fielder, preferably who hits from the right side.
Carlos Beltran is already a name that has been floating around in various trade rumors, and he is definitely on Epstein's radar. Beltran is entering the final year of a seven-year $119 million deal he signed with the Mets, and could be the ideal solution to the Red Sox' anemic production from their reserve outfielders.
Beltran has already stated that he will waive his no-trade clause to go to Boston (and who can blame him? He's with the Mets). That raises another question: If Beltran is acquired, who is the odd man out?
JD Drew: It is highly unlikely that JD Drew will finish this season with any club but the Red Sox.
Although he is in the last year of a five-year $70 million deal, he will be hard to move for several reasons.
His trade value right now is close to none given that his production is at an all-time low. Through the first 90 games of the season Drew is hitting .229, with four homers, 21 RBI, and an OPS of .646.
If the Red Sox were able to find a trading partner, let's say a team that needed a defensive right fielder who can hit righties, Boston would have to eat a majority of the $7-or-so million left on his contract.
Drew also has way too much money left on his deal for an outright release to make sense. Sorry Red Sox fans, you're going to have to put up with Drew for at least another 72 games, plus postseason. All we can do is hope he gets hot and goes on one of his extended hitting streaks.
Josh Reddick: The way Reddick is swinging the bat right now, I don't believe there is any way he will be optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Although it is still a relatively small sample size (61 at-bats), he's been a solid bat, hitting .393, with two homers, 15 RBI, a .429 OBP and an OPS of 1.101. In addition to recording 10 extra-base hits in his 23 games, Reddick has also played stellar defense.
Darnell McDonald: Darnell McDonald burst onto the scene last year when the Red Sox endured several injuries, including Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron.
A career minor-leaguer, it was nice to see him contribute to the big-league club.
However, this year McDonald has had a terrible year and, like Drew, has almost no trade value.
He is currently hitting .143, with two homers, nine RBI, and an OPS of.457.
The only thing he brings to the table right now is that he is the only right-handed Boston outfielder. But if the Red Sox are able get another outfielder, McDonald will get designated for assignment and will be traded, released, or re-assigned to Triple-A.