The 2023 season has been pretty brutal for the Boston Red Sox. After hanging around the fringes of the playoff race for a while, Boston's drop-off in the second half was so pronounced that ownership felt the need to fire Chaim Bloom before the season ended. Just ignore the fact that one big reason Boston's roster is the way it is is because ownership wanted to cut costs and focus on young talent.
There is a lot of blame to go around for Boston's struggles this season, but the question now is what is the path forward for a team that has both a lot going for it as well as some very obvious roster holes? There will be plenty of time to talk about free agency once the season comes to an end, but taking a look at the trade market and specifically who the Red Sox could use as trade bait this offseason seems like a good place to start the offseason conversation.
Here are 4 prospects the Red Sox need to consider using as trade bait this offseason
To be clear, this is not a list of prospects that Boston NEEDS to move this offseason. These are talented guys and no one should be upset if the Red Sox hang on to them for use at a later date. Also, pitching prospects were avoided in making this list because, well, the Red Sox desperately need pitching help in the majors. Throwing in a pitching prospect into a deal that nets a big league arm does make some sense sometimes, but the focus was on hitting prospects here to avoid accidentally making Boston's biggest problem worse.
Let's take a look at some of the prospects the Red Sox need to consider using as trade bait this offseason.