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MLB Insider Names Red Sox as Dark Horse for Top MLB Trade Target

Larry Rupp
A MLB insider named the Boston Red Sox as a dark horse for a top trade target.
A MLB insider named the Boston Red Sox as a dark horse for a top trade target. /

The Boston Red Sox could soon have a lot of money to spend with JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Nathan Eovaldi all set to enter free agency in the offseason. MLB insider Jon Heyman sees that as a reason to put Boston in the running to trade for a generational talent in Washington's Juan Soto.

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Heyman mentioned that Boston remains a long shot at this point, but being a dark horse is better than being out of the picture entirely. Soto wants to sign a massive contract extension and Boston has been weary of committing like that in the past. This time could be completely different, though.

Soto is the type of player that can singlehandedly win baseball games. His .427 career on-base percentage is unheard of and he's on pace to lead the league in walks for the second season in a row. The 23-year-old's 20 home runs this season trail only one Red Sox player in Martinez as well.

Alex Verdugo is under team control for two more seasons and Jackie Bradley Jr. has a mutual option for the 2023 season. Other than that, Boston is currently banking on the upside of speedster Jarren Duran to pan out in the outfield. Throwing him into a package for Soto would be a logical option.

Of course, Duran would only be the start. The idea of adding top prospects like Marcelo Meyer, Bryan Bello and Triston Casas has to be on the table, too. It'll be interesting to see if Boston pursues Soto or opts to satisfy its fan base by keeping their franchise players around.

The Red Sox have odds set at +4000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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