Countdown to trade deadline: The latest on Lee, Peavy, Young, Stanton
The Guru Contributing Writer
It’s no secret the Red Sox are looking to deal. At the right price. With the non-waiver trade deadline less than 24 hours away, the rumors are increasing by the minute and so are the costs.
Here’s the latest:
Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies: Lee is the best arm being dangled out there. The Red Sox have asked and the price starts with Xander Bogaerts. Lee is certainly a proven ace, but he's also owed close to $60 million. While a starting rotation of Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Cliff Lee would be a formidable one, Boston has made it clear they are not willing to trade Bogaerts. Even for Cliff Lee. The price is just too high.
Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox: Peavy was scratched from his start tonight and he looks likely headed somewhere. Could it be Boston? It’s highly unlikely. While not as pricey prospect wise, the White Sox want some sort of combination of Jackie Bradley Jr., Will Middlebrooks and Allen Webster. Peavy is not worth it with his injury history and $30 million contract. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, the Arizona Diamondbacks have emerged as the latest favorite in the Peavy sweepstakes.
Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies: While the Red Sox would be open to grabbing a veteran infield bat, Young may not want to come to Boston. Young, 36, is batting .277 with seven homers and 32 RBI in 98 games for the Phillies this season, but has a no-trade clause. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported Tuesday that Young will only approve a deal to the Rangers. Young played his first 13 seasons in Texas. However, the latest reports say Young would consider a trade elsewhere and Boston is on that list. Keep an eye on Young.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins: Now this is an intriguing name. The Marlins have stated repeatedly that the 23-year-old right handed power hitting outfielder is unavailable. Perhaps they are ready to change their mind. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com has reported the Red Sox are reportedly willing to do "whatever it takes" to get the young slugger to Fenway Park. Are the Red Sox willing to essentially dump their entire farm system for one player? Keep dreaming.
As for what will really happen at the trade deadline, the Red Sox may upgrade in the bullpen if anywhere. The Sox have been linked to the Padres Luke Gregerson and the Royals Luke Hochevar, two players that are affordable, would be under the teams control through next season and won’t cost the farm.