Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox and Mets have been connected by report a number of times leading up to next week’s MLB trade deadline. Now, it seems like the interest between the two teams is really heating up.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets will have scouts at Friday night’s Red Sox game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He added that the two players the Cubs are believed to be interested in are designated hitter J.D. Martinez and catcher Christian Vazquez.

However, neither of those players may be the Mets’ primary deadline targets according to Rosenthal. Instead, he says they could be New York’s fallback plan “if the price is to steep” for catcher Willson Contreras or closer David Robertson, both of the Cubs.

Rosenthal adds that it is “believed” that if the the Red Sox deal Martinez and/or Vazquez, they want Major League-ready players back in return. Over the past few weeks, the Sox have been linked to Mets first baseman Dom Smith on a few occasions. Smith had a breakout year during the 2020 pandemic-shortened season, when he slashed .316/.377/.616 and hitting 10 home runs in 50 games. He’s struggled this year, slashing.194/.276/.284 in 58 games played to this point. The 27-year-old is under contract for two more years.

Even with the two extra years of team control though, the Red Sox would likely command more in a deal for those players – specifically Martinez. If that’s the case, it’s not unrealistic to think the Mets would get aggressive. At 61-37, they have the second-best record in the National League and are three games up on the Braves for first place in the NL East.

There’s still a few more days for this to all be sorted out. Because July 31 falls on a Sunday this year, the MLB trade deadline will be August 2.