5 Boston Red Sox Who Must Be Dealt Before 2014 Trade Deadline

5 Boston Red Sox Who Must Be Dealt Before 2014 Trade Deadline

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The defending World Champion Boston Red Sox have had an inauspicious start to the 2014 season, already finding themselves 10 games out of the division lead in early June. The Red Sox can still rebound to get into contention, but in order to do that, they're going to have to shed some of the dead weight that has contributed to the 28-35 start. These five players are players who the Red Sox must deal by the deadline.

5. Mike Carp

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5. Mike Carp

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While Mike Carp is strictly a role player at this point, he could be a useful piece for another contender looking for a left-handed bat. Carp has struggled in limited ABs this season after having a fine 2013 season, and might be better suited to a bigger role elsewhere. The Red Sox could obtain a useful reliever in return, or they could make Carp part of a larger package to land a bigger fish.

4. Edward Mujica

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4. Edward Mujica

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Edward Mujica was coming off a solid 2013 campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals when the Red Sox signed him as a free agent this offseason. Mujica has responded with an unsightly 6.65 ERA in 23 innings of work this season, and has quickly worked his way to the bottom of the reliever depth chart. While Mujica doesn't seem to be the answer in Boston, his recent success elsewhere could have other teams interested in rolling the dice on him.

3. Will Middlebrooks

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3. Will Middlebrooks

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Will Middlebrooks was one of the more highly-touted Red Sox prospects last season, but he has quickly been supplanted by other players in 2014. Middlebrooks began the year as the starting third baseman, but some offensive struggles, coupled with a finger injury, have set him back quite a bit. In his stead, Brock Holt has opened a lot of eyes, and with top prospect Garin Cecchini on the horizon, Middlebrooks could headline a deal for a pitcher.

2. Jake Peavy

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2. Jake Peavy

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Speaking of pitchers, Jake Peavy has been one of Boston's biggest disappointments this season. Peavy was fairly solid for the Red Sox in the latter stages of 2013 after coming over in a trade from the White Sox, but he's been hit pretty hard thus far this season to the tune of a 4.76 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP, which is his highest since his rookie season in 2002. Although Peavy may not have much value to Boston, another team could take a flier on him.

1. Clay Buchholz

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1. Clay Buchholz

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Clay Buchholz was one of the best Red Sox starters in 2013, but his 2014 season has been an unmitigated disaster. Buchholz's problems may have been caused by a balky knee that currently has him on the DL, but there has to be some other reason to explain his 7.02 ERA in 10 starts this season. While Buchholz may never figure things out in Beantown, there are plenty of other teams that would love him as a reclamation project.

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