By: Jake Perda
As we close the door on the month of June, we are now heading into everyone's favorite time of the year, MLB trade rumor season. After a solid first half that has the Red Sox locked in a battle for first place in the AL East with the Yankees, everyone surrounding the team seems to be asking the same question: Will the Red Sox make any upgrades to their roster as the trade deadline approaches?
Although the answer to this question may seem simple, it’s not. In an ideal world, the Red Sox would see that they’re in first place and try to address some of the issues that have led to quite a few mediocre stretches in the first half. Unfortunately, this is not an ideal world. Dave Dombrowski has already depleted the farm system in his first 2 years with the team, leaving him with just a few half-decent prospects who he’d be able to deal in return for a player who could make an impact on the Major League roster. Nonetheless, there have been rumblings of the Sox looking into trading for players such as Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier, and Sonny Gray.
Let’s make one thing clear. A trade for Sonny Gray should not happen, and will not happen. Not now, not ever. The Sox farm system is not exactly overflowing with young talent these days, and Billy Beane is going to require an absolute HAUL to part ways with his ace. Not to mention, Sonny Gray has been pretty awful since the start of 2016. The last thing this team needs is another starter with a 4+ ERA.
It’s easy to say that the Red Sox should make a move to get an upgrade at 3rd base, but it’s not so easy to think of one that would make sense. Is 3 months of Mike Moustakas really worth 6 years of Rafael Devers or another top prospect (or two)? No, not even close. Why not buy low on Todd Frazier? Because if the Red Sox wanted someone to hit .214 and play below average defense, Pablo Sandoval wouldn’t be on the DL with an “inner ear infection”. Beyond those two names, we haven’t heard who else the Red Sox could be targeting. But if these are the types of deals that they would be looking to make, I’d rather see them try to make a postseason run with this roster as it stands.
With Dave Dombrowski at the helm, it seems inevitable that the Sox will make some sort of move; however, don’t be expecting any big names to be on the move to Beantown. I’m expecting a move similar to the one that they made for Brad Ziegler last season. Nobody was salivating over the thought of Ziegler in a Red Sox uniform, but they got a guy who helped their current Major League roster for a fairly insignificant cost. Whether you like it or not, the Red Sox are way too deep into the Dave Dombrowski era to take him out of the driver's seat now. All we can do as fans is hope that he has a plan, and that the plan doesn't include trading his top pitching prospect for a #4 starter with an elbow injury. Twice.
If Rick Porcello can start throwing the ball well (article on this coming soon), and Eduardo Rodriguez can pick up where he left off before his knee injury, these 2 could have more of an impact on this team than any trade acquisition. Anyway, we are approximately halfway through the 2017 Major League Baseball season, and the Boston Red Sox are in first place. Here. We. Go.