2) NY Mets superstar trade target: Rafael Devers
The Red Sox are most likely going to miss the playoffs this season, a very disappointing development after making the ALCS last season and signing Trevor Story to a big deal last offseason.
The Sox could potentially lose Xander Bogaerts in free agency and their path to winning in the short term just doesn't seem to be very clear.
Rafael Devers will be entering his final year of team control next season. With the Red Sox likely not winning anything next season, is it possible the star third baseman will be available?
The Red Sox and Devers were reportedly $100 million dollars apart on a potential contract extension, with Devers looking for a $300 million dollar deal and the Red Sox only offering $200 million dollars.
If the Red Sox don't want to give Devers what he wants, they know another team will. Instead of losing him for nothing, it'd behoove them to trade him to a team that would most definitely pay him, the New York Mets.
The Mets just so happen to have two high-end third base prospects, including Brett Baty who ranks 18th overall on mlb.com's top 100 prospect list.
With Devers being on the final year of his deal, the Mets certainly won't have to give up Francisco Alvarez to land him. Would Baty and a couple more prospects get it done? There's a very good chance.
Devers is only 25 years old and is one of those players worth moving the farm for and extending. He has a .981 OPS this season and seems to be only getting better.