Best Bullpen Trade Fits for the Red Sox

Zach Brunner
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It's no secret that the Boston Red Sox need to improve their bullpen. The team has blown 17 saves in 2019, tied for the seventh-worst mark in MLB, and will likely need to add a reliever or two at the MLB Trade Deadline.

With that in mind, here are three relievers the Red Sox could target at the deadline.

1. Edwin Diaz, New York Mets

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Boston has been rumored by a number of sources to be connected with Edwin Diaz. He has struggled in New York, with a 4.81 ERA and four blown saves, but he's just 25 years old and has a career ERA of 3.04. Diaz likely won't cost as much as some of the other relievers on the market, and he's eligible for arbitration next season.

2. Shane Greene, Detroit Tigers

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The 30-year-old Shane Greene has been great for the Detroit Tigers this season, posting a 1.22 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 22 saves. He is making just $4 million this season and is under team control through 2020, making Greene a future piece as well. There are reportedly quite a few teams vying for Greene's services, but he could be exactly what Boston needs to solidify its bullpen.

3. Kirby Yates, San Diego Padres

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Originally a Red Sox draft pick back in 2005, Kirby Yates may be the best closer available at the deadline. The 32-year-old won't come cheap, but for good reason, as he has a MLB-high 31 saves this season to go along with 72 strikeouts and a 1.02 ERA. Acquiring Yates could give the Red Sox a legitimate shot at defending their World Series title.


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