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The Boston Red Sox are thinking about dealing a few of their veterans before Tuesday’s trade deadline, including five-time All-Star JD Martinez.
Jon Heyman of the NY Post also reported that catcher Christian Vazquez and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, that are impending free agents like Martinez, could possibly be on the road.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts will remain, per Heyman, but he is able to opt out of his contract and leave Boston following this season.
The Red Sox have been around in a whole tailspin since July 5, whenever a 8-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays kickstarted a 5-16 stretch that’s included a 28-5 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays and a set of road losses to the brand new York Yankees by way of a combined score of 28-3.
Boston entered Saturday last in the American League East with a 50-51 record, even though Sox are simply four games behind the Rays for the 3rd and final AL Wild Card spot right now.
Still, the writing could be on the wall for a team that’s bleeding runs and losing games at this time, and trading off the team’s best available assets may be the best move as of this juncture.
The 34-year-old Martinez is hitting .289 (.818 OPS) with nine home runs and 38 RBI. The 31-year-old Vazquez has posted eight homers, 40 RBI and a .280 batting average (.754 OPS). The 32-year-old Eovaldi went 4-3 with a 4.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 80 strikeouts in 81.1 innings (15 starts).
So far as specific teams go, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic speculated that the Mets could possibly be in the mix for Martinez and Vazquez if any potential handles some Chicago Cubs players on the market fall through.
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Mets have scout watching Red Sox tonight, source tells @TheAthletic. If team finds Cubs price for Contreras/Robertson too steep, could pivot to J.D. Martinez/ Christian Vzquez. Separate move or moves will be had a need to address bullpen.
For the present time, the Boston trio continues to be in town because the Red Sox host the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday and Sunday.