By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on April 11, 2014
Yes, it is only April, but that doesn't mean we can't talk about players the Boston Red Sox could potentially trade. After a subpar 4-6 start, here are 5 players who could be on the trade block sooner than later.
With the way Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Grady Sizemore are playing and Shane Victorino returning shortly, the Red Sox must move an outfielder in order to play all three guys. Daniel Nava, Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp are all serviceable in the outfield. However, it doesn't make sense to keep them all on the roster. I would hate to see Nava go, but Boston should at least see if anyone is interested in the switch hitter.
It may be best to ride Peavy the rest of the season until his contract expires. However, it would be smart to explore a trade to get something in return before he leaves next season. Every team could use another starter, and Peavy's services may be wanted again at the deadline. Again, it may be better to keep him in Boston for the remainder of 2014, but anything can happen.
One has to feel bad for Will Middlebrooks. He finally started to get it together offensively and built some confidence, and then he was placed on the disabled list. I'm a believer in Middlebrooks and I think he a true 30-home run threat. But if the Sox feel Garin Cecchini is the future at third base, Middlebrooks could be a valuable trade chip. Boston could get a quality player in return for him.
Doubront has been nothing short of disappointing thus far in 2014. With so many young, promising pitchers in the minors, Doubront may be seeing the exit out of Boston rather quickly. He may be better suited in the National League and may be able to draw plenty of interest from an NL team. Brandon Workman deserves his chance as a starter in MLB.
Considering the current outfield situation, Mike Carp may be the odd man out. Gomes is right-handed power this team needs on the bench, while Nava remains a solid player who can play the outfield and first base. Carp was a huge piece of the puzzle in 2013 and came through for the team countless times. But his time is up in Boston. The Sox should try to acquire a reliever for Carp. He could possibly be a starting first baseman on another team.
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