Reasonable people can disagree as to whether or not the Boston Red Sox should have been buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. Boston was on the outside looking in at the deadline when it came to the brutal AL wild card race, but they were close enough and playing well enough to at least entertain the idea of buying.
However, the one thing they absolutely shouldn't have done was the path they chose which was essentially standing pat. Other than trading for the ghost of Luis Urias, Chaim Bloom and the rest of the Red Sox front office didn't appreciably improve Boston's roster nor did they trade off assets to help build for 2024 and beyond.
It is somewhat poetic now as the Red Sox have lost eight of their past 10 games and are now 12 games back in the AL East and five games out of any playoff spot at all. It certainly seems like Bloom did not see this Red Sox roster as worth pushing their chips in, but that means there are some moves that they absolutely should have made at the deadline to prepare for future seasons.
Here are 4 players the Red Sox should have traded at the trade deadline
Assuming a world where the Red Sox should have been sellers at the deadline which seems reasonable based on how things have gone, Boston should have been active on the sellers market as prices would have been very favorable for them. No one is advocating that the Boston roster should have turned into a fire sale and Jarren Duran should have been moved or anything like that. However, there were players that could have been moved without compromising their roster TOO much especially when it comes to players that are on short-term deals.
Let's take a look at 4 players the Red Sox should have traded at the deadline this year.