The Boston Red Sox have won three of their last four games, but it’s probably too late. With the trade deadline looming, the Red Sox, at 42-52, will most likely be sellers. So, here’s what Ben Cherington and Co. should do if they don’t go on a huge winning streak these next three weeks.
First, they should be actively shopping relievers Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, and Craig Breslow. All of them are free agents after this season, and it’s pointless to keep them if they’re not going to play baseball in October. They should, rather, look to get something for the long-term. In other words, players who will have a positive impact when they are playing “meaningful” baseball. Koji would obviously draw a nice return, and so will the others.
Next, Jake Peavy, who’s been rumored to be available, should be traded. Dealing him would enable the Red Sox to fit Brandon Workman or Allen Webster into the rotation for the rest of the year. Boston can get a taste of what they’re going to get before, as anticipated, moving them into the rotation next year.
Jonny Gomes is another guy they should be shopping. The 33-year-old outfielder is a free-agent after this season, and would be desirable to a lot of teams. He has a track record of postseason success and, despite his decline offensively, still has pop in his bat.
Stephen Drew, the much-maligned shortstop, is an interesting case. On one hand he’s been terribly disappointing this year, but Boston would be selling low on him. However, I guess getting something is better than nothing. Another benefit in doing so is this will give Xander Bogaerts the opportunity to slide back to shortstop. Despite his recent struggles, if they’re serious about him being their shortstop of the future, it’s better to wean him in when they’re not competing.
There’s no reason to blow it all up. They have a plethora of prospects expected in 2015, and should be competitors as a result. One thing, though—if they aren’t serious about re-signing Lester, then deal him. He would draw a huge return, however, the Red Sox should be focusing on extending him instead.
It’ll be intriguing to see how Boston approaches the deadline, but they’d be foolish to not pursue long-term gains for useless short-term commodities.