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. After 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.