Boston Red Sox Trade Deadline Targets
The Boston Red Sox are in second place in the American League East and lead the Wild Card chase. So far this season they are in contention more than most anyone could imagine, and they are certainly buyers as we head towards the trade deadline. This will continuously be updated with news on these targets.
Jake Peavy– Peavy is not making his start tonight, but earlier reports have said that the price for Peavy is too high or that the White Sox have chosen not to deal him. Peavy has an ERA of 4.28 in 13 starts this season, and while is a former NL Cy Young award winner he is oft injured. He will make $14.5 next season in his two year deal.
Cliff Lee– Lee seems to be rumored almost every trade deadline. His ERA is 3.05 in 20 games with the Phillies this season and is signed through 2015. He will make $25 million the next two years and $27.5 million in 2016 if his option is picked up. He is a left hander that would change the dynamic of the American League playoff race, but is costly in price and prospects.
Michael Young– The Red Sox could use an upgrade at third base seeing Jose Iglesias is starting to slump and Stephen Drew has not found a rhythm all season. At 36 years old, Young is hitting .277 in Philadelphia with a .342 OBP and seven home runs. He is in the last year of his five year deal he previously signed in Texas and is making $16 million per season.
Bud Norris– Norris is an option as a right handed starting pitcher with the Houstin Astros. His ERA is 3.93 over 21 games, but he allows 3.1 walks per nine innings and 9.6 hits per nine innings. Wouldn’t cost much but one of the last options. He is arbitration eligible.
Less Likely Targets
Josh Outman– Outman seems unlikely seeing Boston doesn’t need a left handed reliever, but none the less their name has been brought up with his. With the Rockies the left hander is arbitration eligible and has a 4.42 ERA.
Giancarlo Stanton– This is the ultimate pipe dream. Reports say the Red Sox would give up anything for him but the Marlins are unwilling, as he is still under team control for a long time.
Joe Nathan– Reports say the Red Sox are not in on Nathan, but with any right handed reliever you have to think they might at least kick the tires for the Rangers closer.
Who Might be Dealt
Xander Bogaerts– The top prospect in the Red Sox system, if they don’t make a move he could end up their starting third baseman. In Pawtucket he has a slash line of.279/.380/.483
Will Middlebrooks– The biggest disappointment of 2013, Middlebrooks was the next Red Sox star. But now his slump has followed him to Pawtucket. They might be best off trading him while they can, and teams seem to have interest.
Drake Britton– If a team needs a left handed reliever, Britton might be moved as a part of a package deal that would send a starter to Boston. He is under team control until 2019.