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What do latest MLB trade rumors mean for Red Sox?

Connor Donahue
July 16, 2018 - 12:33 pm

The July 31st trade deadline is creeping up slowly but surely and every contender is looking to load up for the stretch run.

Obviously, the name on the minds of multiple clubs around baseball is that of Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. We’ve reached the All-Star break and it seems more likely than not that Machado has played his last game in Baltimore.

Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reported that the O’s are working on deals from eight teams for the third baseman with the Phillies, Dodgers and Brewers leading the field in no particular order.

Perhaps the most important part of the report, as it pertains to the Red Sox, is that according to Encina, “The strength of the Yankees’ offer appears to have been exaggerated.”

There are other reports that mention New York being in on Machado, but none have named them as leaders in the clubhouse to land the trade.

It appears that the Yankees aren’t willing to part ways with any of their top 10 prospects for half a season of Machado. They will, of course, be front-runners to sign Machado come this winter. But for now, it looks like the Red Sox won’t have to deal with an even more explosive Yankees lineup for now.

As for the Red Sox’ interest in finding an infielder, there have been reports linking the Sox to Royals’ third baseman Mike Moustakas.

Moustakas is currently hitting 250/.306/.469 with 19 home runs and 58 RBIs this season. Current Sox third baseman Rafael Devers owns a slash line of .241/.292/.424 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs, his defense at third has been shaky at times this season as well.

At just 21 years old, Devers certainly still has the time to develop into a cornerstone piece for the Sox. But in the meantime, they might be interested in a short-term upgrade at the hot corner.

Jon Paul Morosi of has reported that the Angels may make pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney available. If so, the Yankees have become logical trade partners. The Yanks don’t have many holes on their roster, but starting pitching is definitely one of them.

The Houston Astros, another contender in the AL, are reportedly interested in Reds closer Raisel Iglesias. The Red Sox are also looking for bullpen help and could be interested in the 28-year-old.

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