A Miguel Cabrera Trade Would Be Preposterous

With the calendar getting eerily close to July 31st, the trading block is getting hotter than the weather. Todd Frazier, Pat Neshek, and even Sonny Gray have been the big names linked to Boston. This weekend, however, a big (and I do mean big) name appeared. I’m telling you to not be fooled, Red Sox fans, a Miguel Cabrera trade isn’t happening.

Dealin’ Dave Dombrowski is definitely familiar with the Venezuelan slugger, having served as GM of the Tigers before coming to Boston. Even with that, this deal has no shot of happening. None whatsoever. Cabrera has had more than a down year and this sudden rumor of him coming to Boston is absolutely absurd. Cabrera is obviously a future Hall of Famer, but his best days are certainly behind him.

What I’m wondering through all of this is: why would the Red Sox even want him? This is a guy who is just another run-of-the-mill guy at this point. In fact, his numbers this year are comparable to Hanley Ramirez’s. He has just 12 homers and a putrid (by his standards) .804 OPS. Cabrera just can’t keep up anymore at age 34, and his contract is virtually un-tradeable. He is owed $84 million still over the next six years. The contract is just as bad as Albert Pujols’ and can go up to 2025, when he will be 42 years old.

A Miguel Cabrera Trade Makes No Sense

Cabrera also doesn’t fit a need on this team. The only position he can play in the field is first base. There, the Red Sox already have Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis. Cabrera had a short-lived debacle playing third base in Detroit and that’s the only real position of need. We’re all too used to seeing a guy with that body try to play third base in Boston and not produce. I think it’s safe to say we’re done with that.

So he can’t play the field in a position they need and he’s lost his power stroke almost completely. So, he doesn’t fill a need, will cost you prospects, and hurt your payroll significantly. If you like guys like Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley or Chris Sale, this deal won’t work for you. With Cabrera on the payroll for the next six years, you can keep one of those aforementioned stars. This is NOT smart.

There’s a reason why Cabrera’s name was never linked to Boston before this. Alex Rodriguez reported this Saturday, sending shockwaves through the baseball world. This is nothing but A-Rod trying to be the alpha male of the baseball reporters. His ego was always filled playing baseball, now he needs it in the world of sports media. He’s the only one who has reported anything on a Miguel Cabrera trade so I’d take it all with a grain of salt. He’s not coming here, fans, and you can thank your lucky stars for that.

Is A Todd Frazier Trade The Answer For The Red Sox?

With the Red Sox off to a disappointing start, Dave Dombrowski and his disciples are desperately scrambling for some Flex Seal to cover the holes of a sinking ship. The two major holes are on the corner infield as well as another starting pitcher. The Red Sox’s Todd Frazier traderecent trip to scout the White Sox seemed like it could cover all those problems. The result of the trip? Swirling rumors of a Todd Frazier trade.

The lack of production at third base has been no small story for the Red Sox the last few years. The problem has grown tremendously this season. Pablo Sandoval has missed the last month with a knee injury and was underachieving before his DL stint. So yeah, the Red Sox need help at third, but is Todd Frazier the answer for this issue?

Frazier’s 2017 hasn’t been stellar by any means, either. The two-time All Star is below the Mendoza line, hitting .195 with only four homers and 17 RBI. Not one to hit for average, he only hit .225 in 2016 but mashed 40 homers. He is a dead pull hitter which would obviously be extremely favorable playing at Fenway Park. His numbers this year, however, aren’t much further off than Sandoval’s and Frazier has played the whole year.

Most Red Sox fans reasonably thought the scouts were going to Chicago to see starter Jose Quintana. Quintana has been Chicago’s ace this year and the White Sox haven’t been shy about putting him on the trading block. The problem with that would be the price. The Red Sox are desperate for a starter and everyone knows it so the price will sky-rocket. With all the prospects Boston has given up over the last two seasons, that may be near impossible at this juncture.

So we move back to Frazier. The price for him should be astronomically less even though they are desperate for a third baseman as well. Frazier has almost no value to any other contender. With the White Sox about to blow things up after a 20-22 start, they’ll be looking to get Frazier off their hands and eat up most of his salary.

That being said, this might not actually be a terrible deal. Look, Frazier isn’t gonna hit .300 or even .250 probably, but he has some value. He is an every day player who can play both first and third. With Hanley Ramirez’s nagging injury, that can finally allow Mitch Moreland the occasional day off. He will also bring some power to a lineup that has absolutely none right now. With no pop coming from Ramirez, Xander Bogaerts, or Dustin Pedroia right now, that could be crucial.

Next year, Rafael Devers and possibly Sam Travis will be ready to go at those positions. For now, they’re desperate. If they can get Frazier at a nice price without giving up high-end prospects, this could be alright. I’m not exactly ecstatic about this, but the Red Sox need something right now. In the end, like any of these deals, it needs to be the right price. Dave Dombrowski never overpays, right? Right?

Red Sox Trade Rumors Round-Up

Despite continued troubles on the field, the Red Sox still appear to be in something of a holding pattern at boardroom level, waiting until the last possible moment to declare themselves buyers or sellers before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Let’s take a look at the Red Sox trade rumors though, shall we?

In his latest column, famed sportswriter Peter Gammons offered his thoughts on a variety of Red Sox-related topics. Most importantly, he wrote that, while optimistic coming out of Red Soxthe All-Star break, Boston officials have been forced by the team’s five-game losing streak to consider which Major League players could possibly be sold off. However, simultaneously, Gammons suggests that the Red Sox are still grappling with the notion of pursuing either Johnny Cueto or Cole Hamels, the premier starting pitchers on the trading block this summer.

Indeed, Rob Bradford of WEEI recently reported that Boston may trade for Cueto mainly to give themselves a running start in the sweepstakes when the Reds’ ace becomes a free agent this winter. I personally don’t see the logic here; the Red Sox are nine games adrift of a guaranteed playoff berth, and expending valuable prospects on a player who will be available for cash alone in four months just isn’t something this front office has ever been inclined to do.

Bradford also says that, from a philosophical viewpoint, the Red Sox covet young, cost-controlled arms. In that case, I struggle to see them being legitimate players in the market for Hamels, who will be 32 going into next season, and will likely cost too much in terms of prospects for Boston to be seriously interested.

Nonetheless, the Red Sox did send high-ranking executive Allard Baird to watch Hamels’ last start, as ESPN’s Gordon Edes and others have reported, which would suggest they still feel compelled to complete due diligence on all available players. However, as Ken Rosenthal conveyed in his latest FOX Sports video, Boston would be just one of several teams chasing Hamels, alongside the Dodgers, Cubs, Rangers and possibly Orioles.

Ultimately, the Red Sox have two things making life difficult just now: the standings, and the calendar. Boston is currently a last-place team, perhaps more likely to lose ninety games than overcome the surging Yankees. Furthermore, just ten days remain until the trade deadline, meaning large and crucial decisions will have to be made in a short and panic-filled timeframe. Right now, we can only sit tight and wait for the first domino to fall.

Red Sox Exec Watched Cole Hamels

On Sunday, the Red Sox were rumored to have an executive in the crowd in Philadelphia to possibly scout out Cole Hamels, who started for the Phillies against the Miami Marlins, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston. Edes reports that it was Senior Vice President of Player Personnel, Allard Baird.

On Sunday, Cole Hamels was roughed up for 5 runs on 8 hits in 3 innings, and his last Cole Hamelsstart was even worse—9 runs on 12 hits in 3.1 innings. Aside from his recent struggles, he is owed $70.5 million guaranteed over the next 3 years, plus either a $20 million team option or a $24 million vesting option for 2019, and the Red Sox have been reluctant to make major financial commitment to pitchers over 30 (Hamels in now 31). That was the reason they didn’t bring Jon Lester back after last season.

Cole Hamels has had his ups and downs this season, and to me, he’s not worth what it would cost, both financially and in terms of prospects. Gordon Edes talks about a package deal including the likes of Jackie Bradley Jr, Henry Owens, and Manuel Margot, among others, which would be too much to give up in my opinion.

To me, Hamels is an 11th hour type deal if they can’t get anyone else. If it were me, I would prioritize younger blood – Sonny Gray and Johnny Cueto could both be on the block, and both would be preferable to me, over a guy like Hamels, who could make around $100 million for the next few years, which isn’t worth it in my opinion. He’s had some ups this season, but he’s also had his downs, especially recently, as I mentioned above. We also roughed him up on Opening Day, and I’m going to have to say pass on Hamels unless our options are limited come deadline day. But, we’ll see. The Red Sox might decide to make Hamels a priority, or they might decide to blow it up like last season. It’s still unclear whether they’ll be buyers or sellers at the deadline.

Red Sox Trade Rumors: Sonny Gray

The Red Sox finished up the first half of the season on a 10-5 run, and could be a couple of pieces away from being contenders for at least a Wild Card spot. The main area of concern right now is the pitching, which became more of a dire need after Clay Buchholz went down with an injury. Clay Buchholz was pitching well before said injury, but he was also pitching well before his injury in 2013. He came back from that and hasn’t looked like the same guy until this season.

Aside from Cole Hamels, who has been talked about for months now ad nauseam, Sonny Grayanother possible move could be Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics. While the Red Sox have yet to decide if they’ll buy or sell this season, I think they’re poised pretty well to be buyers, especially if they come back and pick up where they left off before the All Star Break.

As MassLive points out, and I agree with this, the price for Gray might be high – he has a 2.04 ERA, and 108 strikeouts to 30 walks this season. The A’s are currently 8.5 games back in a very tough AL West division, so they may look to do what the Red Sox did at the trade deadline last year and sell off their best guys to get some young players in return. If that’s the case, the Red Sox make for prime targets, as they have one of the best farm systems in the league.

Will the Red Sox actually pull together a package for Gray? I hope so. If it came down to it, I’d rather have Sonny Gray over Cole Hamels if the Red Sox do make a move for a pitcher – he’s got the stuff to succeed here and he’s only 25, so he’s still hitting his prime, which is a scary thought. Cole Hamels would be a win today type of move, while Gray would make an immediate impact this year and beyond. What do they have to lose?

Red Sox trade Rumors: Layne, Hamels

It’s becoming pretty clear that the players on the Red Sox roster right now can’t get the job done. I’ve mentioned this before—this has been a one step forward, two step back season for the Red Sox. After completing an impressive sweep of Oakland, the Red Sox promptly dropped 2 straight to their division rivals, the Orioles. The Sox are incapable of developing any consistency so far this season, and I believe they’ll need to make a move before the July 31st trade deadline if they want to contend. But are the Red Sox trade rumors true?

One player that has long been talked about in connection to the Red Sox is Cole Hamels. Red Sox trade rumorsAfter a rocky opening start in which we pounded him, he has posted a 3.13 ERA through 87.1 innings and a 5-5 record. One of my main concerns throughout all the Hamels-to-Boston talk is what Philadelphia would want in return. Per a report by Masslive, the Phillies have been taking a long look down on the Red Sox farm system. It makes sense – we need a pitcher, and Philly needs young blood, but if the asking price is too high, the Red Sox may want to look elsewhere for an ace.

A player who could be on the block for the Red Sox is Tommy Layne, a lefty specialist who could have some value to a contending team looking to make a push. Layne is one of those strong bullpen arms that a needy contender might need. Right now, lefties are hitting .153 against Layne, and he’s gone 5 straight appearances without giving up a run. That was capped off with a save in the final game of the series against the Oakland Athletics. Could a contender be talked into overpaying for Tommy Layne? It’s quite possible if he keeps performing the way he has.

Layne for Hamels won’t happen, since the Phillies aren’t exactly what I would call a contending team. Since Layne is 30, he hardly fits what the Phillies would be looking for – as I mentioned above, they need young blood. But I will say that if the Red Sox can get Hamels and not morgatge the farm, then I’d be all for it. Before the season, I wasn’t sold, but the Red Sox desperately need an ace, whether it’s Cole Hamels or not. I’m a little tired of the losing.