After two years as sellers or non-factors on July 31, the Red Sox should be major players when the MLB Trade Deadline rolls around this year.
Coming out of the All-Star break, the Red Sox lead the AL East and are tied for the most wins in the American League. With no team separating themselves from the pack, it’s not unrealistic to believe that with a few strategic moves, they would come away from the deadline as the AL favorites.
A blockbuster deal is always a possibility, but two or three smaller moves may be enough. Take the 2018 Red Sox, who were in a similar spot at this time of the year, as an example. They traded middle-to-low ranked prospects for Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce, who both played key roles in that team’s title run.
Ironically, this year’s team has similar needs – a first baseman and starting pitcher. Corner outfielder is a secondary need, and adding a bullpen arm never hurts when a team is in contention.
Another thing to keep in mind as the deadline approaches is Chaim Bloom often talks about keeping his team’s long-term outlook in mind. Back in May, he told 98.5’s Tony Massarotti the goal is to build a sustainable roster that can win multiple titles, and not selling out for a single ring. While most team’s look for value at the deadline in players with expiring contracts, don’t be surprised if the Red Sox target guys with remaining team control, who can make an impact beyond the 2021 season.
Which players might be available that fit the team’s needs? Here are some names to keep in mind, from conservative moves to would-be blockbuster deals.
This year’s MLB trade deadline will fall on July 30, due to day games being scheduled on the 31st, which is a Saturday. What kind of moves will the Red Sox make between now and then? And how many? We’ll see how Chaim Bloom’s first real deadline as the Red Sox’ chief baseball officer plays out.
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