5 players who could be on the block

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Conor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)
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The Red Sox will have to make some moves before the deadline if they want to get back on track and become a serious contender in the AL East. The question is, who will they go after and who will wearing another uniform? Rant Sports gave their list of 5 Sox that could go:

1.) Eduardo Rodriguez:
Eduardo Rodriguez is the Red Sox top pitching prospect, and he'd likely be someone who would have to be included in a trade for a pitcher like Cole Hamels. With the Red Sox in desperate need for MLB-ready pitching, they may be willing to deal him.

I can't argue with the "in desperate need of MLB-ready pitching" part of that, but I'm hesitant about the Red Sox dealing one of our top prospects. Maybe someone will be desperate enough to take Joe Kelly or Wade Miley? How about both?

2.) Manuel Margot:
Manuel Margot is a hitter with a lot of tools in the Red Sox minor league system, and he has to be intriguing to opposing teams. His speed alone is a tool that many teams covet, so he could also be involved in a trade for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.

Margot could be nasty when he makes it to the Major Leagues, and he's already been thrown around as a piece in a deal for Phillies starter Cole Hamels. While I'm not a fan of giving him up at all, if he does have to go, I think the Sox could do better than Hamels.

3.) Allen Craig
Allen Craig has really struggled and has recently been sent down to Triple-A, but people don't forget the potential he showed with the St. Louis Cardinals several years ago. Therefore, if he can make it back to the big leagues and show what he can do, other teams are going to be interested.

Every Sox fan knows how bad Allen Craig has been. Between his and Joe Kelly's struggles, the Sox definitely came off the losers in the deal that sent John Lackey to the St Louis Cardinals.

4.) Henry Owens:
Henry Owens was once the Red Sox top prospect and is still one of their top young pitchers. Boston may be more reluctant to part with him since he's nearly ready for big league action, but if it means getting a top pitcher, they likely won't hesitate to ship him off.

Again, I'm not sure I'm ready to part with a top prospect. Ultimately, the Red Sox need rotation help badly, and I think most of Red Sox Nation would prefer they bring in an established starter, and they definitely have the prospects to interest other teams.

5.) Blake Swihart:
Blake Swihart just got called up by the Red Sox. He's one of the top hitting prospects in baseball, and that's exactly why his name might be brought up in trade conversations. There's a very good chance he could be the crowning jewel on a prospect package that gets sent to a team for a top pitcher.

This is one guy I would rather not part with, especially since Christian Vazquez is lost for the season. Even after Vazquez gets back, I like the idea of having both Vazquez and Swihart as a 1-2 combo behind the plate.

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