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3 Players the Red Sox Should Trade For at the Deadline For a World Series Run

Larry Rupp
Three players the Boston Red Sox should trade for at the deadline for a World Series run, including infielder Eduardo Escobar.
Three players the Boston Red Sox should trade for at the deadline for a World Series run, including infielder Eduardo Escobar. / Norm Hall/Getty Images

After what was a disappointing 2020 season, the Boston Red Sox have been one of the best teams in baseball this year. They currently sit 0.5 games back of first place in the AL East division with a record of 29-19 and it certainly seems like the team will be buyers at the trade deadline in July.

If Boston can find the right players to acquire, it could majorly boost their chances of winning the World Series this season. With that in mind, here are three players the Red Sox should trade for.

Red Sox Trade Targets

1. Richard Rodriguez, Relief Pitcher

Richard Rodriguez
The Red Sox could acquire Richard Rodriguez to strengthen the bullpen. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez is in the middle of a dominant season, yet no real buzz about him since he plays on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are rebuilding and could trade Rodriguez for youth in return. The Red Sox should be interested in that case given the team could improve on its current bullpen ERA of 3.67 (No. 10 in MLB). Rodriguez has put together a 3-0 record so far and has a 0.47 ERA through 19.0 innings pitched. In fact, he has only given up 6 hits and 1 walk all season. He would make a great addition pitching alongside Adam Ottavino and Matt Barnes.

2. Dylan Bundy, Starting Pitcher

Dylan Bundy
Dylan Bundy could give Boston some depth in the starting rotation. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

If there is one spot on an MLB roster that could always use more depth, it is in the starting rotation. The Red Sox have two starting pitchers with an ERA north of 4.40 and should be looking to add another starter at the deadline. Los Angeles Angel Dylan Bundy seems like a perfect fit. Bundy is in the midst of a down season, but he finished 2020 with a 6-3 record and a 3.29 ERA. A change in scenery could help him return to form. Plus, Bundy is playing on a one-year deal. The Red Sox could pick him up as a rental for fairly cheap.

3. Eduardo Escobar, Infielder

Eduardo Escobar
Eduardo Escobar could give the Red Sox some extra power in the lineup. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

If the Red Sox want to trade for a bat at the deadline, infielder Eduardo Escobar is a realistic target for the team. He is in the final year of his current contract and has an affordable salary of $7.5 million. His versatility on defense would benefit Boston a lot in the playoffs. Escobar can play second or third base and even in the outfield if needed. The 32-year-old has hit 12 home runs and racked up 35 RBI so far this year. He still has the power to go yard on every at bat and could be the utility man the Red Sox have been looking for.

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