The Boston Red Sox are now gearing up towards figuring out what their team is going to look like in 2014. They have a few free agents that they are interested in re-signing and they are planning on making some key additions to their roster.
It can be assumed that Jacoby Ellsbury won’t be coming back to Boston. They don’t want to pay the money he is asking for and while that is understandable, they at least know exactly what they are getting with him. If Ellsbury does leave, that leaves a spot open in the outfield.
An interesting trade possibility could be the Miami Marlins‘ young slugger Giancarlo Stanton. He is definitely one of the best young power hitters in the game today and he could do very well playing in Fenway Park. He has a very good swing that could light up the ballpark. As well, he would be great protection for David Ortiz and could lengthen the lineup. Not only that, perhaps Stanton could slide into the designated hitter position when Ortiz retires.
Boston has one of the strongest farm systems around and they would need to give up some young players for the Marlins to consider making this trade. The Red Sox could afford to trade some personnel and not have it deplete the farm system. They have a young lefty named Henry Owens who dominated in the minor leagues. Teams are always looking for quality starting pitching and Owens certainly fits that bill.
Boston also has some extra pieces in Felix Doubront, who became a very good pitcher and a postseason hero. Boston has six starters right now so someone would probably have to go.
If Stephen Drew were to return to Boston and Xander Bogaerts played third base, that would make Will Middlebrooks the odd man out. A package of Owens, Doubront and Middlebrooks are young and affordable for a small market team. As well, Boston can afford to pay Stanton. Miami might as well try to get something for him. It doesn’t seem likely that Stanton is going to want to stay in a losing environment.
This deal could make a lot of sense for both teams. Let’s see if anything ever comes of it.