Conor Frederick (@ConorJF1016)
The Red Sox have been busy as of late, acquiring bullpen help in Burke Badenhop and Edward Mujica, signing A.J. Pierzynski to a 1-year dead, as well as re-signing Mike Napoli on a 2-year contract. But I'm sure they're not done. With winter meetings underway in Orlando, the Red Sox still have some decisions to make with free agent Stephen Drew's future still up in the air anda vacancy in center field.
1. Mark Trumbo, Anaheim Angels: He's s "in play" on the trade market, MLB Trade Rumors reported via Ken Rosenthal (tweet below). His primary position is 1st base, which is obviously not a problem for the Red Sox with the re-signing with Napoli, but he could be useful as an outfielder with the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury. Acquiring him could add some extra protection in the middle of the lineup for David Ortiz, as his power numbers are really good.
Sources: #Angels' Trumbo in play. Club officials view him as difficult to lose, but also as the piece who might bring them most in return.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2013
2. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays: According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Dodgers have approached the Rays about trading for Price. He's one of the best left-handers in the game and would make our rotation that much stronger, but it is unclear what the Red Sox level of interest in him is, if any.
3. Matt Kemp, LA Dogders: The Red Sox have expressed an interest in Kemp, and Kemp's agent says he thinks a trade could come, according to ESPN. The Dodgers made it clear that they would eat part of Kemp's salary if he is traded, so that would be a plus for any team looking to make a deal for Kemp. Of the 3 players I've mentioned, I think the Red Sox are most likely to make a serious offer for Kemp, given their need in center field.
But the question that has to be asked, if a trade is something the Sox seriously pursue, is what would we have to give up as far as prospects go. All 3 of these guys could command a hefty price as far as prospects go, which could mess the Sox up a couple of years down the road. Thoughts? Let me know on Twitter or leave a comment.