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3 Teams That Should Trade For Steven Brault

Jason Schandl
Top trade destinations for Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed pitcher Steven Brault.
Top trade destinations for Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed pitcher Steven Brault. / Justin Berl/Getty Images

Steven Brault is coming off the best season of his young career, he's on a team-friendly contract, and he's drawing plenty of interest on the trade market.

The rebuilding Pittsburgh Pirates could get a pretty strong haul in a trade, so look for them to seriously consider moving the southpaw pitcher.

Here are three teams that could be vying for his services.

Steven Brault Trade Destinations

3. Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are going to be in the conversation around acquiring just about any pitcher that becomes available this offseason. Brault's versatility as a starter (45 career starts) and reliever (55 career appearances out of the bullpen) is great, but the Red Sox would surely want him sliding into their starting rotation. Red Sox starters collectively posted a 5.34 ERA in 2020 — the sixth-worst mark in the majors.

2. Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox' starters were much better than Boston's last year (3.85 ERA), but adding another strong starter could make them legitimate contenders in the AL Central. Adding Brault to a rotation that already includes Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel land Dylan Cease would make them a force to be reckoned with.

1. Houston Astros

The Houston Astros probably need more help in the bullpen than in their starting rotation, so Brault's versatility would come in handy. His best velocity numbers came in 2018, when he was working predominantly out of the pen, but in the meantime it still seems like Brault has improved his strikeout stuff, posting a career-best 21.3% strikeout rate in 2020. The Astros will have plenty of holes to fill this winter, and Brault could prove to be an incredibly valuable long-term addition.

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