BoSox Injection Mailbag: Red Sox Trade Deadline Edition

BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 and Mookie Betts #50 celebrate with teammates Tzu- Wei Lin #5 and Michael Chavis #23 of the Boston Red Sox after beating the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on May 1, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley /Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 and Mookie Betts #50 celebrate with teammates Tzu- Wei Lin #5 and Michael Chavis #23 of the Boston Red Sox after beating the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on May 1, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley /Getty Images) /

The trade deadline is tomorrow and the Boston Red Sox have yet to make a move. With obvious needs for the team, what would you like to see them do?

Here we are again Red Sox Nation, staring the trade deadline right in the eyes and not a move has been made. It’s pretty clear that Boston needs to beef up their pitching staff but at what cost? With a depleted farm system and not many expendable main roster pieces, it’s hard to see what the Sox will do.

Last year’s trade window brought us Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi who wound up being key contributors in Boston raising another World Series banner. As we get closer to the deadline the rumor wire seems eerily quiet. We heard rumblings about guys like Ken Giles and Edwin Diaz as possible targets for the bullpen. There have also been whispers about guys like Andrew Benintendi, Bobby Dalbec, and Michael Chavis possibly being trade pieces.

As much as the Red Sox need to add firepower to the bullpen is it worth it to give away current stars in Chavis and Benintendi and a future star in Dalbec? In my opinion, I don’t think it’d be in the best interest to give away such assets for relief help.

With that said, I wanted to know how Red Sox Nation was feeling on the topic so we put it out there and you all answered. Let’s open the Mailbag and see what the Fenway Faithful had to say!


I like where Nick is going with this one, it’s a big impactful move. Noah Syndergaard or he’s more affectionately known as “Thor,” isn’t a free agent until 2022. That would allow the Red Sox to not worry about him for the time being. He’s making $6M this year and is arbitration-eligible the next two seasons. He’s currently 7-5 with a 4.33 ERA so I don’t see him commanding too much more than the threshold he’s at now.

Diaz is the prize the Red Sox have had their eye on leading into the deadline. He owns 23 saves through 40IP this season. He won’t be a free agent until 2023 and isn’t commanding much of a salary through arbitration ($607,425), so he won’t hurt the purse strings too bad.

As far as what Boston would have to give up in this scenario losing Jackie Bradley Jr. is a two-fold story. His defense is off the charts as we saw in the Yankees series but his bat can be very Jekyll and Hyde. He’s also a free agent after 2020.

Bobby Dalbec is one of the top prospects in the Red Sox system but unfortunately for him, he’s playing behind Rafael Devers. Dalbec may be the most expendable of the prospects ahead of the deadline.

I like the idea here as it not only targets two weak spots in the Red Sox lineup with starting and relief pitching but it also uses two players that can be parted with.

Thanks, Nick for giving us your thoughts ahead of the deadline!


"“I think if we trade Holt we can get something of value and we need a bullpen arm like a Dyson or Smith from San Fran, also bat off the bench would be nice.” – James Donovan"

James went with the two pitchers that I’ve had my eyes on the most in Sam Dyson and Will Smith out of San Francisco. Both are having strong years and have been keys to the San Fran bullpen.

Dyson is sitting on a 4-1 record with 2 saves in 51IP with an impressive 47/3 K/BB ratio. Smith is the closer I’d like to add the most to the roster. He’s got a 1-1 record but 26 saves through 46.1IP with a strong 66/11 K/BB ratio. Both would be great additions to the Red Sox bullpen.

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Sacrificing Brock Holt is something I can’t get behind, especially with the year he’s having. His versatility is off the charts and he has one of the hottest bats in the lineup right now. Though he will be a free agent at the end of the year I can see a new deal being made for him.

Thanks, James for the insight and letting us know what you think!

"“I would like to see us get Ken Giles! We would be giving away too much for Edwin Diaz. To hear they will be dangling Chavis as trade bait makes me angry.” – Matthew G. Martel"

I like where Matthew is going here. I recently wrote about how adding Giles could be a great move for the Red Sox. He has a 2-2 record in 35IP with 14 saves, a 58/11 K/BB, and oh yeah, a 1.54 ERA. Those are some serious numbers that make me happy. Some elbow inflammation has seemingly cooled the Red Sox off from Giles as the deadline approaches though.

I also agree with Matthew that the Mets’ desire to be contenders in 2020 may be clouding their judgment when it comes to what Diaz is worth. I’d also hate a move that would send Chavis away from Boston.

Thank you, Matthew I appreciate you joining in on the discussion!

I also saw a few folks throw Mookie Betts into the discussion as next year will be the final year on his contract unless an extension is agreed upon. I can’t imagine the Red Sox would move Mookie even though they’d command a King’s Ransom for his services. Though Betts seems set on testing free agency a deal could always be drawn up that keeps him in Boston.

Next. Rumor: Andrew Chafin a possible target. dark

The trade deadline hits tomorrow at 4 pm Eastern and it’s imperative that the Red Sox make something happen. If Dave Dombrowski continues to be steadfast that the current team is good enough to win again they won’t make it to October. Hopefully, for Red Sox Nation he’ll be on the phone all night trying to make some deadline magic happen.