May 23, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) during batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox trade target: Alex Gordon


The Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals are two teams that are underperforming at this juncture. KC was picked by some, including myself, to win their division. Both the Red Sox and Royals have needs, and where needs meet are potential trade scenarios.

Alex Gordon has long been a favorite of mine. A very dependable left-handed bat most noted for hammering line-drives and feasting on Red Sox pitching. Gordon has hit Boston for a slash line of .359/.435/.614, but at Fenway Park that bumps up to .386/.463/.647 and he is a doubles machine.

Gordon started out as a third baseman and by 2011 became firmly entrenched in left field. As far as his defensive capabilities, Gordon has a nice string of Gold Glove Awards attached to his résumé and metrics back up the fact that Gordon is a defensive plus.

Boston needs some punch in the lineup and Gordon could be one part of it. Left field is available.

Luke Hochevar is gone for the season, putting a dent into the Kansas City Royals rotation. Dependable right-hander James Shields is ready to head into the free agent market, so another dent appears down the road for KC. They need pitching. Everyone seems to need pitching. What would it take to pry Gordon loose?

The short answer is plenty.

First up, my choice would be Clay Buchholz. Buchholz has a 2-1 record with an ERA of 3.06 at Kauffman – not much of a sample, but when you examine Buchholz’ career road/home splits they virtually mirror each other. On the ever-important money side, both are close to a contractual wash, although Buchholz will run a year longer (2017) on his contract.

May 25, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

For Boston there is a hole created in the rotation, but the prospect mill at Pawtucket has several who, no doubt, are tantalizingly close to a return — Brandon Workman, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Matt Barnes and even Chris Capuano with the big club. The void could be filled.

For KC that means the potential of Jarrod Dyson, a real blazer, getting some serious duty. The Sox would have to sweeten up the deal by adding Bryce Brentz to the package, a potential power bat that needs a shot, especially with Billy Butler not doing much in the power department. The Sox could also add a prospect to the package to further entice KC and that could be a “pick ‘em” from the collection at Pawtucket. The Sox would certainly need to add more to a package with the disappointing Buchholz. Would Barnes or Anthony Ranaudo seal it up?

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  • cardsfanatik

    What? Brentz with his .230 BA? Or Buchholz with his sucking? You want us to just give you Gordo? If your going to propose a trade, ffs at least make it realistic. How about, we just ship Gordon to you for a couple of your ball boys and maybe a hot dog. Get real. I’m not against trading Gordon, IF AND ONLY IF, it makes the Major League roster better. What you propose here is asinine. Typical coming from either a Red Sox or Yankees person. Lets see if we can get something for nothing. Go buy another championship scrub.

    • John Fahrer

      Brentz was actually coming around before hitting the DL. The power’s legit and he deserves his chance sooner rather than later.

      Rick mentioned Buchholz career numbers at Kauffman being rather good. Maybe he’d turn it around as a Royal.

      As a Sox fan and a Nebraskan, I would LOVE to see Gordon in a Sox uni and donning number 18 in honor of the late Husker QB, Brook Berringer.

      • cardsfanatik

        You can keep Brentz and let him have a chance in your OF. The Royal’s deal with enough, what if’s all the time. The package proposed is actually an insult to Gordon, and the Royal’s. This writer is clearly writing from a “fan” standpoint, and not even an educated one at that. Just because Buchsucks has a good record at the K is not saying much, he probably just pitches well against what have been some rather weak KC teams. If you want one of arguably the best left fielders in the game, your going to have to give something up. Don’t try to pull scrap heap shit up and send it over. Give me a break. Trying to trade a pitcher who can’t hit the same spot twice and a guy that can’t hit over .250 in the minors. You want Gordon, looking at your farm, I’m gonna say “tough shit” probably. You don’t have much. But if you want to talk trade, start with one of Owens, Webster, or Cecchini. If not, keep the crap you proposed.
        Thank you, have a nice day.

        • John Fahrer

          You probably would’ve killed to have Clay this time last season. This was a well-thought out proposal. A fan perspective package would’ve been one with Nava, Carp, and Mujica for Gordon. This package included a RHP signed to a club friendly deal, a power bat, and one of the RHP prospects who are actually better than Webster. But if you Webster…

          Personally I don’t think you guys are going to be selling this season and the Sox will probably prefer to hold onto the chips for the inevitable availability of Giancarlo Stanton, which will also not likely be this season.

  • Brady Warshawsky

    keep dreaming… Gordon is a Royal for life, unless the Bo Sox give away the barn.

    • Rick M

      Was Greinke as Royal for life?

      • John Fahrer

        I like the proposed package, just not sure if KC will be selling this year.

        • Rick M

          After Bucky’s make or break start today, John, Lackey would be a far better offering.

          • John Fahrer

            If Lackey’s option for 2015 were to carry over in a trade, he’d definitely be the better option. But I believe the option is exclusive only to the Red Sox.

          • Rick M

            That is an interesting point, John. I checked on Cot’s Baseball Contracts and could find nothing. Not sure if the conditional would pass to new club. He does have a 500K “gift” if traded.

          • Willy

            As far as I know it is transferrable to another team, thats why so many talk show and or reporters bring up he may be more valuable in trade vs keeping him.

          • John Fahrer

            If the team loses Lester to free agency and gives one or two rotation spots to some dog their prospects, Lackey will be the one counted on to lead the rotation.

            As attractive as that option is, it’s hard to see other clubs willing to part with premium talent to acquire a pitcher who’s over 35. Unless the club extends Lester, they should cling onto Lackey.

  • Stan Colbert

    Go get something! Better get it done before we play and Boston sees how well Alex is playing!

  • Ben Cerutti

    Luke Hochevar was coming out of the bullpen…FYI.

    Also, the Royals aren’t going to be sellers at this point. It would likely take more than that to get Gordon right now because of that.

    • Rick M

      My bad on Luke. I was under the assumption Royals were returning him to the rotation.

  • Michael Engel

    I don’t think trading any offense is wise for the Royals right now. Hochevar wasn’t a dent in the rotation – just the bullpen. And when the fill in for Gordon would be Dyson (who I think would be quite overexposed as an everyday player), that looks pretty rough for the Royals. Maybe Brentz would take that spot in the outfield…but he’s already 25.

    I’d pass if I were the Royals.

  • Ben Cerutti

    Think Garin Cecchini, Brandon Workman, Clay Buchholz, and either Mike Carp or Daniel Nava as more of a starting point, I’d bet.

    • cardsfanatik

      Thank you, someone with some common sense. I don’t “overvalue” Gordon, but the trade that idiot writer proposed was just retarded. It doesn’t matter, the Royal’s won’t trade Gordo without a HUGE overpay anyway.

      • Rick M

        That you for your lucid response. Always enjoyable to see that some in the Midwest actually do have Boston style manners. I am sure that for those denizens in the Hyvee levels Gordon is unreachable for any other franchise.

        • cardsfanatik

          I do like the fact that your not afraid to be a smartass right back. However, your trade proposal is dumb. Brentz can’t hit AAA pitching, so why do we want him? Who wants another Kyle Blanks? All or nothing, and mostly nothing. Buchholz isn’t good. Ranaudo is intriguing, but as one guy posted earlier, KYLE ZIMMER. We don’t need Boston’s “maybe” pitchers, or their currently broken ones. We need power, period. And that is NOT Brentz. Not for NOW anyway. Royal’s laugh you out of the room on this one. You guys truly don’t have what it would take in your minor league system to get Gordon, and sure as hell don’t have it to get Stanton. Unless maybe you want to give up your top 3-4. Me, I would rather have Stanton also, but we have Gordon, and nothing I see in your minor league system would be worth turning loose of him for.

          • Rick M

            Again, fans have a tendency to over value players. Gordon is, again, a very good player, but the reality is he is simply not a “great” hitter or power guy. His stats point that out. As far as Brentz he is an interesting commodity. Many were surprised he did not venture north with Boston after a very good ST.

            Any key of any such “fantasy” transaction would be the pitching involved. Buchholz is a fantastic talent. Right now he is in 2008 mode. Too bad. IMO a change of scenery would do wonders for him. Take him for Dyson?

          • cardsfanatik

            As I said above Rick, sorry for being rude. I don’t like your proposal though. The Royal’s season is not lost. Probably will be if Ned has anything to do with it though. However, Brentz isn’t who I would be targeting from the Boston farm if I were Dayton Moore. Trading Gordon for anyone from Boston’s farm system does nothing for THIS years Royal’s. And they have a certain window this year. Buchholz needs to go work for Hy-Vee sacking groceries, not come pitch for KC. We have enough guys who don’t pan out, or are inconsistent all the time, don’t need another. And your right, Gordon is not a “great” hitter, or a “power” hitter, however, Gordon playing half his games in Fenway, boosts his stats, you know it and I know it. Also, his arm and glove in left field, means no one scores from second on a fly ball or liner to him, and maybe not third. He is more valuable than any outfielder the Sox currently have, and better. The problem is, you simply don’t have what it takes to get him “right now”. The Royal’s aren’t far enough out, and you don’t have “proven” power that the Royal’s so desperately need right now. You won’t get Gordon for anything less than a major overpay. And it will take more than your lower tier prospects and a Buchsuck.
            Now on to a different trade. We’ll give you Moustakas for Middlebrooks. The Royal’s have totally mishandled Moustakas to the point he will probably have to go somewhere else to have any confidence anyway.

          • Rick M

            Well, Cards, this stuff as you well know is pure “fantasy GM” crap. I would love to see the Sox add a Jason Bay as they did a few years back. A dominate RH bat. Last year I wrote an article about picking up Billy Butler, whose stock is crashing like Enron this season.

            The Red Sox are rich in talent in the minors – one of the top five systems if you believe Baseball America or ScoutsBook and a few other sites. In the past teams have gotten exceptional value in dealing with Boston. What the Sox wealth is in happens to be pitching. Out of the five or six “can’t miss” I expect three to miss, but the other three to be of value. Problem is selecting the right one.

            If Buchholz was say 5-3, 3.00 ERA it would be a tempting deal. With Lackey it could also be. I saw the Moose for WMB on the Royals side a week or so ago. IMO it would be a change of scenery deal that could work out. I think I even posted on it that I’d go for it if we get to keep Middlebrook’s paramor – Jenny Dell!

          • cardsfanatik

            I actually think I read your article last year, and personally, would have shipped you Butler in a NY minute. I was calling for his trade after his career 2012, only to be berated out of KC chat :/. Butler I have always felt, while a great contact hitter for the most part, was a right handed Lyle Overbay. And I actually “mis-stated” earlier, with how I worded my response. It’s not that the Bo-Sox DON’T have talent, its that the Royal’s need RIGHT NOW power. I should have clarified. What I meant by “nothing” in the system, should have said, “nothing that will help RIGHT NOW”. I do think that Boston has some talent, but the Kansas City Royal’s need a “right now” enema. It gets a little old to watch a GM who couldn’t manage a Kinko’s, let alone a Major League ball club. I’m tired of watching a team that feels that .500 is acceptable. So when someone wants arguably our best player, for more “prospects”, I get annoyed, and I shouldn’t. But in another month, when Ned has managed us into oblivion, hit me up again.

          • Rick M

            Willy mentioned Maxwell, but he’s a poor OBP guy. K/BB a bit too high. Had a nice short run with Houston and that was about it. Gets the occasional HR to give you hope. I find Brentz an interesting player who needs a good 150 AB’s somewhere to prove himself. I doubt you will see him get above .250, but his power and OF ability are a plus.

            I’ve always liked Butler, but he is virtually locked into being a DH and our current DH seems to do a fairly decent job.

            You have to remember that WalMart connection with KC ownership and it spills over onto the team. They run a MLB park like it is an Indy league venue or single A. And you certainly hit on it with their “trading water” approach. A simple drive across state for a tutelage would help.

            In another month you may want Bucky and his zip code ERA. Gordon would not solve Boston’s problems. I view him as the best stability package that could be investigated this side of Stanton.

            And Cards….I think I am out on Twitter or FB to make a contact. Love to have your email as I have a small network of fans through the years that I ask for insight on their teams – especially passionate ones.

          • cardsfanatik

            I actually laughed out loud, not at you, but at the Wal-Mart comment. It’s so refreshing to know that more people in the baseball world realize it than just the few die hards in a Royal’s chat. I’m not sure what KC is going to do on the pitching front either. Shields WON’T be back, there are a few dreamers in the chats talking about what a contract would look like, and I can assume its nothing that Glass will pony up for. And actually, I would take Buchholz over putting Hochevar or Davis back into the rotation. And truthfully, if the Royal’s really aren’t going to contend this year, they might as well trade Alex and Billy. But right before they do, I hope they send Dayton and Ned packing. I also followed you on Twitter, and sent you a tweet.

          • Rick M

            I always like to build from pitching first. In RSN that is a rare attribute as most are in a perpetual state of rapture over big bats. Posted many articles on it. Buchholz is really a strange one over his career. Buchholz is CY caliber when he is on his game, but, IMO, he needs Dr. Phil more than the medical staff. Time to just call it a day and hope he does well elsewhere.

          • cardsfanatik

            Maybe put you in mind of Greinke in his youthful days with the Royal’s? The kid had the raw talent, but was a basketcase.

          • Rick M

            Or Jim Eisenreich who started to get his demons in order when he went to KC.

          • cardsfanatik

            The smaller market atmosphere might do well for Buchholz I guess. Not sure what Greinke’s problem was, but I know that larger market teams were a little leery of his mental states when talking trades.

          • Rick M

            Had a serious anxiety disorder. DSMR IV probably has a chapter him. Psy work and medications have obviously helped. In some cases it can be very similar to PTSD.

            I wrote two articles in the last few months on two former Sox players and their personal issue with anxiety and depression – Tony Horton and Jackie Jensen.

            IMO there is considerable value to saying a player “can’t play in Boston, NY or Philly.”

          • cardsfanatik

            It would be a MUCH harder environment than say a Kansas City or a Pittsburgh. I have also thought that it should deter more guys from playing in the larger market. Constant pressure to win, fans sending death threats when you screw up. Not that those are bad fan bases, they just are huge fan bases, which gives them more of a chance to have crazies. It seems that smaller market teams, players can get by with much more. Again, nothing against fans or organizations. It just seems that if what was going on in K.C. this year, and the last 8 years, was going on in Boston, Dayton and Ned would have been in the unemployment line a few years ago.
            And probably, if teams such as Kansas City, and Pittsburgh, put the same urgency into winning as some of the bigger guys, they might actually succeed more
            Well, that got way off topic, but it was just a babbling of thoughts. But your right, when Greinke was in K.C., I don’t think he could have performed in Boston or New York. At the time of his trade, weren’t they both interested, but not sure about what to give up because of his issues. Can’t remember for sure, but pretty sure I read something to that line of thinking. And Milwaukee had a pretty good package.

          • Rick M

            We are off topic. Who cares? I get to KC every year and the fan mentality is totally different than Boston. Think of Chiefs-Raiders as similar to how Sox fans view almost every opponent. You go to Fenway and each game takes on the aura of a great college rivalry in football.

            What has always ticked me off about KC management is they never show opposing replays on the big screen. I’ve missed some great Sox plays over the years because of that. And, yes, I have brought it up with management. That, to me, is symbolic of a pile of systematic issues within their management.

            Kaufman should have been rebuilt downtown. Most cities do that as part of civic revitalization. I know it was an issue back when renovations took place.

            The losers in this are the rabid fan base. They sit by and watch talent get traded or hit the exits for free agency. Most players love the KC area, but when the dollar signs flash off they go.

            You get into one of my favorite topics as I’d love to see a hard cap in baseball with a structural basement like football. Have that cap money directed to baseball ops and not debt or a new Lear.

          • cardsfanatik

            I couldn’t agree with you more!!! Have been an advocate for it forever. Its seems to me, that its going to HAVE to happen at some point in time, just to make sure everyone stays halfway competitive. With prices getting the way they are. I’m not near the financial gooroo that I am the baseball gooroo, however, it seems to me, that some teams, don’t spend the money they do get, revenue sharing and what not, on baseball. And if they do, I sure don’t see it. However, with the salaries of players getting as they are, It won’t be long before teams like KC, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, etc, won’t be able to afford “star” talent, and WILL be like farm clubs for the “Big” guys. I don’t want that to happen the the Royal’s, but more importantly, I don’t want that to happen to BASEBALL.

          • Rick M

            I joke with fans when I go to other cities that I’m on a scouting trip to see who we can pilfer from your roster. But in reality I am a baseball fan first and a Red Sox fan second. I’d love to see some balance regarding spending.

            The sad thing is teams like the Yankees and Dodgers actually spend a resonable amout of money on payroll when you consider payroll in relationship to revenue. The kicker is that revenue!

            I was told by an advertising person that the signs on the top of the Green Monster generate more ad dollars than all the in stadium advertising does for half the teams in baseball!

            The money allows the “Big Guys” to lock up their own talent, make FA mistakes and not get financially buried and, of course, go bargain hunting when the Tampa’s of this world know they have to sell.

            A comparison is, to me, some teams live, like many people, paycheck to paycheck and other teams – about a select ten – have few monetary worries.

          • Willy

            Wow, you know absolutely nothing about the Red Sox farm system, which by the way ranks in the top 5 in all of MLB. The Sox most definately have the prospects to acquire any player, including Gordon. Stop pretending you know anything about the Sox system or what it would take to acquire Gordon or Stanton.
            If you want to comment that you think it would take more or you dont like that return, thats one thing but to be rude, put the column writer down and completely spew non-sense that you know jack squat about is completely disrespectful.

            Learn how to read Stats, Brentz may be struggling to keep a good batting AVG right now but look at the rest of his numbers, his OPS is good.

            As for Buchholz, I agree no one would want him. Only if the Sox are lucky would an NL team show interest in him but it probably wouldnt matter because the Sox arent shopping him.

            And just an FYI but the writer has the ability to wipe everything you say right off this page and put you into Spam, where you will Never be able to post to this site or your KC pages ever again.

          • cardsfanatik

            I said, unless you want to start with one of your TOP 1-4. Your right, I shouldn’t have been rude. Rick, I apologize. That’s a combination of the Royal’s sucking all the time, and the fact that everyone feels that just because they always suck, they should give their best talent away for unproven’s and washed-ups. Brentz is less than impressive, I actually followed him for a while, and I am not impressed. Power doesn’t always translate. And he doesn’t have a very good swing. Your top 4 prospects I would like to have, but the Sox would be goofy to trade all of them for either Gordon or Stanton. And the way the Royal’s have failed to develop talent, they should ask for all 4 and see what Boston counters with. However, at this juncture in time, the Royal’s need offense, and Brentz is not an answer. I wouldn’t trade anyone on the Royal’s roster for Buchholz either. Maybe Ciriaco, and thats an overpay right now for the Royal’s. I have never liked Buchholz. Now, if you want to talk Owens, Cecchini, plus others, the Royal’s MIGHT listen. I’m not saying Gordon is “worth” all these, the problem is the Royal’s have what Boston needs, and offering less than what it would take to get him is pointless. The BoSox are going to have to overpay to get Gordon, and its probably not going to happen this year anyway. DM is that dumb though. Now if you want to talk trade between K.C. and Boston, lets talk Moustakas and Middlebrooks, those two might make some sense to just switch, and see if a change of scenery help either of them. Again, I do apologize for being rude, but prospects and a crappy pitcher aren’t what K.C. needs right now, that is why I got irritated. I shouldn’t have, but I did. If he had been talking about a way to trade us Big Papi, I wouldn’t have gotten so angry. The Royal’s need offense. Not inconsistent offense that Brentz would bring, but someone that can help now. I realize its his job to propose stuff that would make Boston better, but the Royal’s season is not near a loss yet, and trading Gordon for prospects makes no sense in any world.

          • Willy

            That sounds fair enough & for what its worth I do NOT believe the Sox are going after Gordon. They are presently looking for a part-time RHH CF’r. They have no interest in overpaying for someone that would take away the future of a player they believe in (JBjr). In fact they dont want to overpay for anyone.
            As for Brentz, I have followed him as well, he does have good power but must find his groove in order to 1. hit for AVG & 2. hit for consistent power. Unfortunately for him he has been set back development wise ever since shooting himself in the leg. (What kind of idiot cleans a loaded gun?). Whether we’ll ever see that consistency we’ve spoken about is the 64 thousand dollar question. I’m not sure KC would consider waiting for him to figure it out but a team like Miami probably would, if they ever consider trading Stanton that is.
            Another player that teams convet is Mookie Betts. If the Sox had designs on a player of Stanton’s stature they most likely would be able to land him but at the expense of Betts, which depending on who else would go with him, I would consider. When both teams (BoSox & KC) both need things like hitting and or pitching it isnt a match made in Heaven and makes it highly improbable they’d make a trade with each other. A more likely trade partner for the Sox are: Miami, SD, ARZ, Cubs… teams that know they have no shot in Hiati’s of really competing and are looking to stock pile young, inexpensive talent as it’s always “the future” with those teams.

          • cardsfanatik

            Justin Maxwell? You might be able to trade for him, for one of your not “blue chip” guys, someone that could maybe add some depth at 3rd for the Royal’s. You pick one of your guys, like I said, doesn’t have to be one of the “top” guns. But I think you guys could probably talk Dayton DumDum out of him. He’s a RHH, with some pop, and personally, I would like to see him have Dyson’s spot, but for some reason, Ned loves Dyson.

          • Willy

            I wouldnt want Maxwell, bat is too weak but maybe Ben would like him, not sure.

          • cardsfanatik

            I only mention him as strictly a platoon guy. However, if we can’t find any pop from anywhere else, I might say stick him in right in KC and 4th OF Aoki. The Royal’s realllyyyy suck in the power dept. this year. More so than usual even.

          • Rick M

            careful with Willy, he’s a sharp dude who knows his Sox and their system.

          • Willy

            Thanks Rick, I appreciate the compliment.

          • Rick M

            Well, Willy, these folks are passionate fans and in RSN we can appreciate that. They are frustrated over the Royals performance as we are by the Sox performance. Maybe by mid-September the swing out to KC may mean something for both teams.

            Always appreciate your comments, Willy, even if you have to shred me.

  • Terry LeRoy Payne

    Where are you getting your information? The Royals all ready have enough starting pitching! Did you forget about Kyle Zimmer. We don’t need pitchers, we need home run hitters. The Royals are not going to let Gordan unless you offer a power hitter

  • Willy

    Just an FYI (and things could change) But I am hearing that the Sox are looking for a Part-time Outfielder to platoon with JBjr… not a full time Outfielder. Also, that platoon partner would have a Right handed bat, not a lefty. Keep an eye on players like Denorfia, Stubbs, R. Johnson or alike.