Mike Berardino (Twins Beat Writer) reported that the Red Sox were represented at the Twins – Royals match up yesterday:
Now both teams are obvious sellers and have pieces the Red Sox would like to add. At second base, the Royals have Whit Merrifield, my favorite trade target in this game. Merrifield is hitting .306, with 5 HRs, and 30 RBIs. He also has 17 steals and an .809 OPS. Whit would be a game-changer for the Sox and is under team control through 2022. I’m not sure how the Red Sox would use Merrifield when Pedroia returns, but that is an issue for a later date. Whit is a great player that Boston fan’s would be lucky to have.
Brian Dozier is the Twins second baseman, who is also on the trade block. Dozier is hitting an abysmal .227 but has pop with 16 HRs and 49 RBIs. I would not be interested in Dozier as I do not think trading for a guy hitting .227 is ever a good idea, even with our current situation at second.
41-year-old Fernando Rodney is another player the Red Sox may have wanted to take a look at. Rodney has a 3.12 ERA in 34.2 IP with 39 Ks and 21 Saves. He could serve a similar role that Brad Ziegler played for the Red Sox years ago. I would not be apposed to acquiring Rodney for cheap if he agrees to keep his hat on straight.
If the Bo-Sox wanted to trade for a guy who signed a professional contract after I was born, they could go with 35-year-old Zach Duke. He has a 3.38 ERA in 34.2 IP, almost identical to Rodney’s stats.
The last logical trade piece the Red Sox have to been linked to forever is Mike Moustakas. Moose is hitting .247, with 19 HRs and 58 RBIs. His production is similar to Devers, who is coming off the Disabled List today, and worse than the production we are getting out of All-Star Mitch Moreland at first, or MVP candidate Steve Pierce at DH/1B/OF. There is nowhere to put Moose with Devers coming back and Pierce producing in his unique roll.
Ideally the Red Sox go after Whit Merrifield or Fernando Rodney as a set-up guy.
Scott Neville – Head Baseball Writer – WTF Sports