The Boston Red Sox had an incredibly slow start to the 2019 season, but now sit just two games back in AL Wild Card race.
With plenty of baseball still left to be played and considering the amount of talent Boston has on its roster, the club is more than worthy of playing in October. However, in order to get back to the postseason and defend their World Series title, the Red Sox will likely need to be buyers at the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline.
With that in mind, here are five of the most likely trade deadline targets for the Red Sox.
5. Matthew Boyd, SP, Detroit Tigers
Despite a recent dip in performance, Matthew Boyd is still one of the most talked about names on the trade market. The 28-year-old owns an AL-best 6.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season and would add another power arm to the Red Sox rotation. It would likely take a haul to get Boyd from the Tigers, considering he's under team control until 2023, but the Red Sox have the prospects to swing a deal.
4. Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants
If San Francisco makes him available, Madison Bumgarner is the type of pitcher that could change the landscape of the 2019 MLB postseason. The 29-year-old southpaw is in the middle of another respectable season, posting a 3.65 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 125 2/3 innings pitched. Bumgarner is a quintessential innings-eater (with six-plus innings in 17 of his 21 starts) and could potentially keep Boston's beleaguered bullpen (389 innings pitched, No. 7 in MLB) fresh down the stretch.
3. Daniel Hudson, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
He's not the biggest name that might be available, but Daniel Hudson would be a solid acquisition for the Red Sox. The Toronto Blue Jays' setup man is enjoying a career year in 2019, sporting a 2.72 ERA with 42 Ks in 43 innings pitched, and would provide Boston with some much-needed bullpen help. He'll also likely cost less in a trade than the next player on this list.
2. Ken Giles, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
If the Red Sox decide to deal for a true closer, then Ken Giles is arguably the best and most likely option. The Red Sox have struggled to find consistency at the back end of the bullpen, tallying 18 blown saves on the season, the most in the AL. Giles could be the proven closer that Boston needs to get back to the postseason. He's been dominant for the Blue Jays this season, with a 1.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 57 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched and has gone 14-for-15 in save chances in 2019.
1. Kirby Yates, RP, San Diego Padres
Kirby Yates has arguably been the league's best closer this season and fits the mold of what the Red Sox will likely add at the July 31 Trade Deadline. The 32-year-old righty has been dominant this year, with a pristine 1.05 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and an MLB-best 31 saves. He's also struck out 70 batters in 43 innings pitched. Yates will likely cost the Red Sox a king's ransom, considering he'll be under team control through 2020, but Boston may be willing to sell the farm to potentially make another deep run into October.
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