Feb 21, 2014; Ft Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Henry Owens (76) throws during spring training at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
#3 – Henry Owens
Why would the Red Sox want to trade one of their top pitching prospects you may ask. Simple, Henry Owens could have been a highlighted piece in a deal that could have brought Cole Hamels to Boston.
In 4 minor league seasons, Owens has posted solid numbers. He has a career 3.30 ERA with 43 wins and 24 losses. Also his strike out per 9 is strong as it sits at 9.9. He has yet to make his major league debut so we don’t know how he will transition.
The way the Red Sox rotation has been the past 2 seasons bringing in a solidified vet like Cole Hamels would have given them a solid anchor for the next 4 years. I understand that Owens does have a high ceiling so trading him might have been a bad decision, however, when you have a farm system like the Red Sox sometimes you have to bite the bullet and make a huge splash. Trading Owens would have been that splash.
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