Three under-the-radar trade targets for Red Sox

Vincent Gallo
July 26, 2018 - 10:03 am

With six days remaining until the trade deadline, the Red Sox continue to search for bullpen and infield options after landing starter Nathan Eovaldi. At this stage of the game, the most decorated bullpen arm on the block in Zach Britton is off the table.

With depleted prospect stock, the Red Sox may also find difficulty in bidding against other teams with prosperous farm systems. If things end up dire in the next few days, what better than to knock off two needs with one deal? Here are a few trade package ideas that haven’t been talked about yet.

White Sox: Joakim Soria and Yolmer Sanchez

Soria is a two-time All-Star with 220 career saves and plenty of American League experience, having pitched previously for the Royals, Rangers, and Tigers. After two down years in his second stint with the Royals (4.05 ERA in 2016, 3.70 ERA in 2017), the 34-year-old is enjoying a bit of a resurgence of past success with the White Sox. He has 16 saves in 19 opportunities (40 total relief appearances) and a 2.56 ERA to go with it. Soria’s WHIP has also been stable, topping out at 1.16, a number close to his career average of 1.12.

Yolmer Sanchez wouldn’t be a blockbusting acquisition, but the 26-year-old third baseman could offer a bit of infield depth without taking away too many at-bats from Rafael Devers, and can be mixed in with Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt. Sanchez is hitting .255 this year with five home runs, 42 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

Angels: Blake Parker and Ian Kinsler

Parker has a 3.11 ERA in 45 games and has struck out 52 batters through 46 1/3 innings. He would be another right-handed arm in a righty heavy Red Sox bullpen, but if the 33-year-old proves to be one of the few options left during the deadline’s waning hours, he could act as a serviceable plan B.

Ian Kinsler could be a second option if the asking price for Brian Dozier ends up being too high for the Red Sox to pay. He’s a bit older (36), but like Dozier, Kinsler is historically a home run hitting second baseman, hitting 12 homers this year to add to his 246 career total. The fact Kinsler is hitting .228 in his 13th year in the majors brings his trade value down along with the expense it would take to land him. Though Kinsler has four years of playoff experience and has hit .292 in eight series (two World Series), making him a solid potential pickup for any contender.

Marlins: Brad Ziegler and Starlin Castro

The Red Sox would likely take Kyle Barraclough (2.45 ERA) or Adam Conley (2.63) before considering a reunion with Ziegler. The 38-year-old righty has a 4.11 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 50 games pitched with the Marlins. The upside would be that Ziegler had a 1.52 ERA in 33 games with the Red Sox in 2016, and any acquisition of a pitcher who has late season experience pitching in Fenway and against the Yankees would be appreciated up to this point.

The real prize in this package is Castro, who would likely cost more if he was to be traded with either Barraclough or Conley. Castro is a four-time All-Star and is hitting .287 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs this season. The 28-year-old has a .320 average at Fenway Park and a .315 average at Yankee Stadium over the last three years. Acquiring Castro would solidify an everyday second baseman in the absence of Dustin Pedroia and allow the Red Sox to use Nunez and Holt as utility off the bench rather than starters.

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