By: Alex Reimold
With the second half of the season underway and the trade deadline looming(August 1st), the Red Sox are evaluating the trade market. One thing is certain, a reliable third basemen and some solid extra arms in the back of the pen are needed. Therefore, Sox management has turned a keen eye on relief pitcher from Philadelphia, Pat Neshek. Let’s take a look at some of the possible deals.
1. Michael Chavis (3B) and C.J. Chatham (SS) for Pat Neshek (RHP)
Dombrowski has proved time and time again that he doesn’t mind trading young talent, and this trade would make sense since the Red Sox would be giving up a little more in hopes of a playoff run.
2. Jay Groom (LHP) and Roniel Raudes (RHP) for Pat Neshek (RHP)
This trade rumor seems a little far fetched to me in that I’m not sure it’s possibly at all even a real thing. That being said, even fathoming the concept of this trade is simply irresponsible. To whomever I heard this trade rumor from, stop spreading trade rumors. Dombrowski is a somewhat reasonable guy and giving up our last highly touted pitcher in Jay Groome is utterly nonsensical.
3. Sam Travis (1B) for Pat Neshek (RHP)
While this rumor may seem far fetched, it could have some stake in it. While Sam Travis is becoming a decent major league hitter, the Red Sox main goal is to win now, and with Moreland hitting well, Travis could be on his way out. That being said, Sam Travis has the tools to turn into an elite power hitter which is why Dombrowski shouldn’t look to trade him.
All things considered, Pat Neshek is a reliable reliever who could be added into the bullpen and help the Sox make a run. One thing consistent in the championship run of 2013 was Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara firing out of the bullpen to lead us to the win. Neshek could be an addition and if he clicks with Kelly and Kimbrel at the right time, the Sox are certainly a contender.
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