Red Sox trade targets: High priced starting pitchers

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Henderson Alvarez

Sep 1, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (37) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

I tried with all of my might to think of a conceivable situation that would involve the Marlins trading the 2013 Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez. There are none. The 22 year old ace has to be seen as untouchable, even after Tommy John, he still looks like the brightest young pitcher in baseball. Miami has a lot of young pitching talent and a need for some offense beside Giancarlo Stanton, but it just seems impossible to acquire Fernandez, but that said, he is one player I would package Xander Bogaerts for.

The next man up is Henderson Alvarez, one of the players acquired from the Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and Mark Buerhle. The 24 year old was also incredibly successful last year, with a 2.65 ERA in his 3rd year as a starter. Alvarez is another risky name but he is notoriously good at inducing ground balls, a good sign for a pitcher at Fenway park. It’s also possible the Marlins decide they like the current state of their 2015 rotation with Fernandez and Alvarez as a 1-2 punch and hold onto both players. They could just as easily trade their pitching prospects for major league bats, and they are already rumored to be interested in Allen Craig.