You’re rooting for the New York Mets but you may also want to cheer on whoever is playing the Boston Red Sox. Why should you care what they do? An unplanned major selloff could be coming to Boston and the Mets are a team to greatly benefit.
The Red Sox began the season with some good expectations but nothing guaranteeing them a playoff spot. They’ve been slow to start despite some nice beginnings from Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, and J.D. Martinez to name a few. Burdened with some far weaker players on the roster, it’s looking more and more like every available pending free agent on their roster could be midseason trade bait.
For the Mets and their attempt to capture a World Series title, it would do them well to send an edible arrangement to the Fenway Park front office just to open the door for some future talks.
The Mets have many trade candidates on the Red Sox to target
There is an endless number of trade candidates on the Red Sox for a team like the Mets to possibly look into. Although we don’t fully yet know what the Mets will be in the market for, let’s simply look at the guys on expiring contracts or with available opt-outs.
Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi are two pitchers possibly headed to free agency—the former with an opt-out in his contract. Sale has yet to pitch this year while Eovaldi is looking like one of this summer’s most surprising available players. He has been up and down for the Red Sox with too small of a sample size to really know how valuable he’ll be.
The Red Sox also have former Mets Michael Wacha and Rich Hill on the roster along with Kevin Plawecki. I suppose any of them could become trade candidates but there’s a lot of “been there, done that” feeling with them. Catcher Christian Vazquez could also be an option if the team loses James McCann or Tomas Nido for a lengthy period of time.
Far more mouth-watering would be the idea of trading for J.D. Martinez to give them some power. The Mets haven’t gotten much out of their lineup outside of Pete Alonso. Imagine Martinez hitting fourth or fifth for the Mets on a regular basis. It’s definitely something Billy Eppler needs to investigate.
And just like every team should do, Enrique Hernandez is a versatile player with vast playoff experience mostly with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He would likely be on everyone’s radar. Not exactly a major need for the Mets with Jeff McNeil playing that role, it’s still a name to throw out there.
Some Mets fans will likely think of the idea of Xander Bogaerts coming to town and playing one of the infield positions. That’s far less likely than many of the others mentioned.
Regardless of which Red Sox players you would most like to see traded to New York, there are an abundance of options to fill any hole the Mets may have.