The beauty of being a sports fan is following the trade deadline of each major sport. Primarily the trade deadline means that teams in the hunt can gain a player otherwise known as a rental. In this post, we will review three areas which hopefully the Red Sox will address on July 31st.
Three Trade Scenarios For the red sox as the Trade Deadline Approaches
Move On From Jackie Bradley Jr
As it stands now Bradley is hitting a subpar 200 with 6 home runs and 25 runs batted in. Make no mistake about it that he is one of the best center fielders in the game. But at the same time, he fails to deliver clutch base hits when needed. Despite the club having the best record in baseball, they will have to get key base hits from the bottom of the order if they expect to keep pace with the Yankees in the AL East..
With the organization lacking prospects Bradley is one chip with marketable trade value. One club who is in need desperately of outfielders is the Marlins. The Marlins are in dead last in the National League East Two players who could be available are relievers Kyle Barraclough and Drew Stenkenrider. Barraclough is ranked eighth among relievers with a 6-2 record and a 1.17 ERA, and 8 saves Stenkenrider is 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA, and 1 save. ,
If Bradley continues his weak hitting the club may have no choice but to use Andrew Benintendi as the center and JD Martinez as the everyday left fielder and Mookie Betts in right field.
Help From Within
The first option that General Manager Dave Dombrowski will explore is help from within. Last season, for instance, the team acquired reliever Addison Reed from the Mets. As it turns out the Red Sox are in the same position this season.
One prospect to keep an eye on is southpaw Bobby Poyner. During spring training he earned a spot in the bullpen after gaining manager Alex Cora’s trust in spring training. Poyner has been up and down since the beginning of the season Since being sent to Triple _a Pawtucket he has pitched well Two other possibilities may be left _hander Ty Buttrey and Travis Lakin: Lakin is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA at Portland while Buttrey with a 2.11 ERA at Pawtucket.
Most teams at the trade deadline would like to shore up their pitching. Clubs like the Yankees, Cubs and Indians will be active. Teams with the deep farm systems are usually the clubs who are the most successful at the deadline. Look for the Yankees to be one of the busiest in a couple of weeks as they are rich with Major League ready prospects.
Despite the Red Sox posting the best record in baseball, there is always a need for an additional starter. Two pitchers who may be available are Matt Harvey of the Reds and James Shields of the White Sox. Shields is in the last year of a four_year contract and would be a perfect fit considering his experience. As for Matt Harvey, the longtime Met was released in May, and since being claimed by the Reds he has gone 4-3 with a 3.80 ERA. If Harvey can stay healthy and regain his old form he may turn out to be the best deal on the market.