At the end of July during every single MLB season, the complexion of the season makes the most dramatic change of the year. Rosters change, teams rebuild with new prospects, teams stack up for a run at the postseason and players change uniforms within 24 hours.
The New York Yankees recently acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs will most likely only be the first of many big moves within the next couple of days. That move shows that the Yankees are still buyers this year despite all the injuries.
Don’t expect the Yankees to be done making acquisitions until the clock strikes 12:00 p.m. ET on July 31. Soriano will likely be the Yankees cleanup behind Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano, who are the only original starters that have remained healthy the entire season so far and have regularly hit 1-3 in the Yankee lineup.
The Boston Red Sox are a team that has had a very good season under first year manager John Farrell. Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury are still in the primes of their careers and David Ortiz is still very capable of hitting many long balls at the age of 37.
The team is currently .5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East and may need a huge deal in order to keep pace. The team has a need at third base. Will Middlebrooks, who became the starting third baseman for the Red Sox last season after Kevin Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox, has hit .192 this season after hitting .288 a year ago. As a result, Middlebrooks is in AAA making third base a need.
The most notable third basemen out there are David Wright of the New York Mets and last year’s world series MVP Pablo Sandoval for the San Fransisco Giants. Both are solid third baseman with several solid years left in them.
Sandoval is a career .303 hitter at age 26, so if the Red Sox are able to make a deal for him, they not only could be in prime position for a run at the world series, but they could be able to sign Sandoval to a long term contract that could last around seven seasons of him being the player that he was in last year’s world series.
It could turn out to be the big blockbuster deal of the 2013 season, something that the Red Sox were a giver of last season when they traded away Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers.