Conor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)
It's been a while since I've done one of these because I haven't been feeling well, but here we go - more trade deadline rumors for our beloved Red Sox.
3rd base targets: Per a report from Rob Bradford of WEEI, 3rd base is a position the Sox could look to upgrade before the trade deadline. There's probably not a lot in this report, since the left side is overcrowded with Stephen Drew signed for the season, Xander Bogaerts at 3rd right now. Lest we forget Brock Holt is a 3rd baseman, but he's being bumped around because he's hot at the dish and we can't lose his bat. Of course, that begs the question: What to do with one WIll Middlebrooks? One has to assume he'll be used as trade bait for another position because there really isn't a place for him with the Red Sox.
Pitching: On the first edition of this a couple of weeks ago, Jeff Samardzjia was out there as a possibility for a trade, and he's still out there as a possibility. Last week, Cliff Lee and Cole Hammels were also thrown out there as possible targets for the Sox. Nick Cafardo mentioned that they could release veterans who aren't in their plans for 2015, i.e Jonny Gomes or A.J. Pierzynski to get them.
Tell me where they are in July. If they’re in the hunt, wouldn’t shock me to see them try to obtain another starting pitcher. The Philadelphia guys – Cliff Lee (if he’s healthy) and Cole Hamels – are possibilities. If they’re not in it, the Red Sox could sell off a few veterans who may not be in their plans next season, such as Jonny Gomes, Stephen Drew, A.J. Pierzynski, David Ross, and Grady Sizemore.
Outfielders: The Sox could also consider a move for an outfielder at the deadline, since the Sox outfield is among the worst at the plate. The Sox could consider a move for LA Dodgers centerfielder, Andre Either, the idea being to take some of the pressure off Bradley. The Sox could also target Emilio Bonafacio, who can play just about any position, or Jose Tabata of Pittsburgh. Tabata is particularly interesting because the Pirates have a surplus of good, young outfielders, and he could be a target.