By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Rumors started to swirl around the World Series champion Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. Could Dealin’ Dave Dombrowski be looking to make a major shake-up during the Winter Meetings? Is he really putting the likes of Rick Porcello, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. on the trade block?
Not so fast. The Red Sox president of baseball ops said during the Winter Meetings on Tuesday that they’re not expecting a big trade. Of course, Dombrowski can’t rule out that he’ll listen to trade offers. But he strongly downplayed the idea that they’re actively working on a trade to ship any of the aforementioned players out of town.
“I can tell you that we’re not looking to move anybody,” Dombrowski said, via Mass Live’s Chris Cotillo. “We’re not driven to move anybody. But I think you always keep open minds to anything that takes place. People come to you with different thought processes.”
If Dombrowski truly was shopping Porcello or Bogaerts or Bradley, he might hem and haw and say something more cryptic than what he offered. So for now, don’t expect any of those players to be on the move unless Dombrowski gets a Godfather offer from a team who needs a starter, shortstop, or center fielder.
Ultimately, the Red Sox’ big moves will likely come in free agency. They’ve already gotten that rolling with the re-signing of Nathan Eovaldi. They still need a closer with Craig Kimbrel on the way out. So stay tuned for that instead of trades.
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