31-year old Jon Jay may not hit righties (.275 AVG) as well as he hits lefties (.346 AVG), but he could fill any outfield position if need be.
Jay recently suffered a right arm contusion, which won’t be a long term injury. He’s spent the entire 2016 season in CF, but has played LF in the past and would need to play in front of the Green Monster if the two sides were to strike a deal.
Unlike Seth Smith, Jon Jay is has much more range in the outfield as well as versatility to play multiple positions. He also excels against lefties which means he can be an everyday option if need be.
The San Diego Padres are certainly struggling in the NL West cellar, and may be looking to dump off veteran players. Like Smith, Jay may be intrigued at the prospect of playing for a playoff contender. In his time with the Cardinals, Jay reached multiple postseasons, even winning a World Series in 2011. Boston may be intrigued as well by a veteran outfielder with years of postseason experience along with a World Series under his belt.
The Red Sox obviously have the prospects to spend on a versatile outfielder like Jay, the only question is if Boston is seriously interested in improving the outfield.