3 Trades the Red Sox Need to Make This Offseason to Get Back Into the Playoffs

Larry Rupp
Three trades the Boston Red Sox need to make this offseason to get back into the MLB playoffs.
Three trades the Boston Red Sox need to make this offseason to get back into the MLB playoffs. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

In an AL East division dominated by the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox struggled this season and finished in last place with a record of 24-36. The team needs to shake things up if they want to improve before next season starts.

The Red Sox's roster is full of potential, but it hasn't gotten the job done for the past two seasons now. In fact, it may be time for the Red Sox to start exploring the market with the number of trade chips they have on the roster. Taking that into account, here are three trades the Red Sox should make this offseason.

1. Trade Away Bobby Dalbec

Dalbec was an unexpected surprise in 2020 as he was called up to the major leagues halfways through the season and just ripped the cover off of the baseball on his way to hitting 8 home runs in just 23 games. It would be wise for the Red Sox to sell high on Dalbec as they already have a highly ranked prospect in Triston Casas waiting in the wings to play first base. Dalbec is still an unfinished product and taking advantage of his value when it is this high is the right move. Plus, trading young offensive talent is one way the Red Sox could easily bring young pitching back in return.

2. Trade Away Nathan Eovaldi

Eovaldi acted as the anchor for the Red Sox rotation this past season finishing with a 4-2 record and a 3.72 ERA. While he provides help at the Red Sox most needed position, they are paying him a lot of money as he still has $34 million remaining on his contract. If the Red Sox can find a way to dump his contract onto another team, they should definitely pull the trigger on a deal. It's likely that this only happens if the Red Sox take a bad contract in return, but if they can also acquire a prospect in return, it may be worth it. Freeing up some money is never a bad idea when there are a multitude of holes on the roster.

3. Trade Away Christian Vasquez

Vasquez was a popular name at the MLB trade deadline and figures to be one once again this offseason. While Vasquez gives Boston and upper hand at the catching position, he is the one player on the team that could bring back a truly valuable return. His contract is affordable and he has posted solid offensive numbers over the past two seasons. The Red Sox need dire help when it comes to pitching and trading Vasquez could be one way to acquire one or two young reliable arms. Teams are always looking to upgrade at the catcher position and there should be a number of suitors if the Red Sox decide to shop Vasquez around.

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