The Boston Red Sox are the best team in baseball with a 68-30 record. The line-up has been strong with Mookie Betts and J.D Martinez in the MVP hunt and Andrew Benintendi having a sneaky great season (.297, 14 HRs, 57 RBIs). A lot of people are saying we could use a bullpen piece, but a 3.27 ERA out of the bullpen, 5th in baseball says otherwise. Now I’m not saying that adding a guy like Kyle Barraclough (Love that guy) or Raisel Iglesias wouldn’t be a massive upgrade, but its not the teams primary need. Here is a list of guys the Red Sox should make some calls about:
Jacob deGrom – 5-4, 1.68 ERA, 123.1 IP, 149 Ks, 30 BBs, 0.97 WHIP
Jacob deGrom is by far the best pitcher on the trade block. The problem is that there is no guarantee he even gets dealt. I’d even say at this point it’s more likely he remains a Met unfortunately. There is also the issue of prospects… the Red Sox do not have any. deGrom would certainly be a reach but if we could somehow land him it would almost ensure that the Red Sox would have a deep playoff run.
J.A. Happ – 10-6, 4.29 ERA, 109 IP, 121 Ks, 35 BBS, 1.19 WHIP
Happ is one of the most talked about deadline guys as he is sure to be moved and could provide the type of impact the Red Sox need. He is an upcoming free agent that could solidify the back of the rotation and then move on. He would not cost a lot and is having a season comparable to David Price and Rick Porcello. Adding Happ would be an easy solution that would allow us to go after a reliever as well. The Phillies could stand in the way, since losing the Machado sweepstakes they have reportedly turned to a Happ reunion as a backup plan.
Tyson Ross 5-8, 4.32 ERA, 108.1 IP, 97 Ks, 43 BBs, 1.27 WHIP
The Padres have already declared themselves as sellers by trading Brad Hand and Adam Cimber to the Indians earlier today. Tyson Ross has been a dependable starter whose record would be much better on a contender. Like Happ, Ross could be a cheap solution to solidifying the back of the rotation. Dombrowski has traded with the Padres to make two splash moves already (Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz) and could do so again.
Cole Hamels 5-8, 4.36 ERA, 109.1 IP, 109 Ks, 40 BBs, 1.34 WHIP
Cole Hamels is another frequently talked about trade target who could help the Red Sox in their playoff push. Hamels is the kind of veteran I would prefer as he has playoff experience and adds a calming presence that Tyson Ross would not provide. Hamels 3.48 ERA over 98.1 IP in the postseason are respectable and lead me to believe he could turn it on come clutch time much like a Jon Lester or John Lackey of years past.
Clayton Richard 7-8, 4.43 ERA, 124 IP, 92 Ks, 47 BBs, 1.31 WHIP
Clayton Richard is a kind of out there pick but could be a solid option if some of the other starters are dealt. Richard is under team control through 2019 but is already 34 and will not be apart of the Padres hopeful rise in a few seasons. Richard has been a solid accountable starter that can get the job done if the Red Sox offense does their job. Though I hate Clayton’s delivery, he could be a quality arm that would have a chance to replace Pomeranz in the rotation next season and should still be affordable via trade.
Which of these starters would you like to see in a Red Sox uniform. Did I leave anyone out? I would love some feedback.
Scott Neville – Head Baseball Writer – WTF Sports