3 Red Sox Most Likely to Be Dealt at the Trade Deadline
Injuries to key players have left the Boston Red Sox failing to meet expectations during the 2022 MLB season. Although they're 11-2 in their last 13 games, the Red Sox remain 12.5 games back of the American League East lead while the AL Wild Card situation is shaping up to be a tight race.
If they can't cut down on the divisional deficit or overtake a wild card spot, there's a realistic chance the Red Sox could be sellers before the MLB trade deadline. They certainly have pieces worth moving that could help teams looking to make a postseason impact.
The MLB trade deadline is August 2, and these three Red Sox players are the most likely to be moved before the first week in August.
Red Sox Trade Rumors
1. Rich Hill, SP
Playoff-bound clubs are usually looking to add a proven veteran to their lineup, which is exactly who Rich Hill is. The 42-year-old southpaw continues to be a decent backend option at his age, recording a 2-3 record with a 4.38 ERA in 11 starts thus far. On top of that, he's shown that he can step up his game in the playoffs, owning a 3.06 ERA while averaging 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings in 13 career postseason appearances (12 starts). With Hill being a free agent at the end of the year, it wouldn't be surprising if many teams saw him as a solid rental option.
2. Enrique Hernandez, OF/IF
Enrique Hernandez has had his fair share of struggles at the plate this season, proven by his .204 batting average. However, his versatility makes him a player that could garner attention. The San Juan, Puerto Rico native can play any outfield position, along with shortstop and second base, which is the type of versatility teams look for once injuries begin to pile up. His home run total might be down this year (four in 51 games), but his 24 RBIs put him on pace for about the same number he had in 2021 (60). Even if he's only an extra hand off the bench, Hernandez could become one of Boston's more sought-after players.
3. Matt Strahm, RP
Matt Strahm showed a lot of promise over his first couple of MLB seasons but he has slowed down over the last two years. He's had his ups and downs this season, leading to a 2-2 record with a 4.00 ERA and three saves in 18.0 innings over 23 appearances. Those might not be the best numbers, but they could be solid enough for a team looking to add some bullpen depth, especially those seeking a lefty. Strahm is also a free agent at the end of the year and, at 30 years old, he has likely shown all he has to offer. The Red Sox may as well try to get something in return for him rather than letting him walk away for free in the offseason.
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