By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on July 2, 2014
The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is July 31, and the Boston Red Sox are currently in fourth place in the AL East with a record of 38-45, 7.5 games behind the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays. The next few weeks will dictate if the Red Sox are buyers or sellers. What are five rumors surrounding the Red Sox right now, a month before the trade deadline?
In the spring, the Red Sox reportedly offered Lester a four-year, $ 70 million deal, which he rejected. It would be insane to trade away Lester, who has been productive (except for 2012) and durable -- unless a team really overpaid. Lester has pitched well this season, and quality left handed starters are not easy to come by. The Red Sox need to offer Lester a deal in the neighborhood of six years and $ 150 million.
Uehara has 18 saves this season and a 1.40 ERA, and is one of the best closers in baseball. The Red Sox couldn’t possibly trade him right? Yes they could. Many contenders will want to bolster their rotation and bullpen before the trade deadline. The Red Sox may find a team who is willing to overpay for Uehara’s services. Koji is in the final year of his contract at 39 years old, and Boston has other pitchers who can close.
The one-two punch of Lester and John Lackey at the top of the rotation has been great this season, but the others have struggled. Peavy is 1-7 with a 4.82 ERA, Doubront is 2-4 with a 4.99 ERA, and Buchholz is 3-4 with a 6.22 ERA and has had injury problems yet again. Trading one or two of these pitchers would allow the Red Sox to add youngsters Rubby De La Rosa and/or Brandon Workman to their rotation.
If the Red Sox do trade two of the three guys listed on the previous slide, acquiring Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs would make sense, especially if Peavy or Doubront are included in the deal. This season, Samardzija has a 2.83 ERA, so he could help the Red Sox right now. Even further than that, he could help them in 2015. Pitching wins championships, and the Red Sox need to bolster their rotation if they hope to defend their title.
Let’s not push the panic button just yet. There is still a lot of baseball left this season, and the Red Sox are only 7.5 games back in the division. While the Red Sox certainly should prepare themselves for 2015 and beyond, they still have a chance to do something this season. The Red Sox have some pieces they can trade (especially pitching), but they need to make some acquisitions (mainly help in the outfield) to help with their 2014 season.
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