Much like Duran, Dalbec is another former top prospect who doesn’t have a steady role in the Red Sox’ lineup. He has shuttled between Triple-A and the majors plenty of times, and while he’s enjoyed success at Worcester, he’s been far less productive at the big-league level.
Boston was reportedly shopping Dalbec as far back as Spring Training last year when they deployed him at various positions to increase his trade value. Yet, he stayed with the club, ultimately logging innings at first base, third base, shortstop, and right field while in Worcester. In the majors, he played all four infield positions.
The Red Sox’ only real infield need right now is at second base, where Dalbec has limited experience. He’s a “Four-A” player in the organization but could provide additional contributions with a different club. It seems like these two parties are headed for a split and the Red Sox are just waiting to find the right trading partner.
The topic of “the right trading partner” is an interesting one. Every team could use depth, but which ones are willing to part with something more than cash considerations or a player to be named later? When trading away Dalbec, Boston would love to add bullpen depth, a second baseman at the higher levels of the minors, or a starting pitching prospect.