3 Red Sox trade targets who make sense to acquire, 2 who absolutely don't

The Red Sox should be looking at trade candidates who fit a certain criteria and stay away from those who don't meet it.
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Red Sox trade target that doesn’t make sense: Lance Lynn

Lance Lynn falls into a different category of starting pitcher than Rodriguez and everyone else on lame duck contracts. Lynn has an $18 million club option for 2024. The White Sox will be prepared to buy him out. So would everyone else. He is nearing the end of his career and will be a payroll burden next year even if he improves.

Lynn came into the weekend leading the league in earned runs and home runs allowed. He has already surpassed the totals from many previous seasons. He’s getting knocked around this year and despite this, someone will probably acquire him at the trade deadline for very little in return.

The Red Sox should avoid even the thought of Lynn coming to Boston and getting back on track. Between the struggles of Chris Sale and more so Corey Kluber this season, they should stay away from the overpriced veterans. It’s not a formula that has worked for the club.

If the Red Sox are going to add starting pitching, they should use their resources to land better quality arms and preferably controllable ones. It’s not out of the question for them to add a couple of rentals and see how it works out. What they can’t do is trade for a player like Lynn having a bad year and eating up a large part of the payroll. 

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