Possible Red Sox trade deadline acquisition No. 2: CJ Cron
While it’s been cool to see occasional flashes of power and supreme talent, I’m not sure if Triston Casas is already an everyday player on a contending playoff team. Though he’s off to a slow start, Colorado Rockies first baseman CJ Cron could be a wonderful addition to this Red Sox lineup.
Posting 57 homers over his last two seasons, CJ Cron could bring some much-needed power to this lineup, a lineup that ranks in the bottom half of the league in home runs. Cron is a pending UFA this offseason and will likely be a part of the impending firesale that will take place with this last-place Colorado Rockies team.
Possible Red Sox trade deadline acquisition No. 3: Jeimer Candelario
Jeimer Candelario signed a one-year deal with the Nationals this offseason, coming off a strong WBC performance hitting .500 in 12 ABs. Washington was hoping for a season similar to 2021 in Detroit, where Candelario hit .271 with 61 extra-base hits. Candelario has rebounded from a tough 2022 season this year hitting .258 with 7 homers.
He’d be a nice switch hitting bat to add to the Red Sox lineup, while also providing strong defensive flexibility with the ability to play first and third base. Another firesale is imminent with the last-place Nationals, with Candelario, flamethrowing closer Hunter Harvey, and star designated hitter Joey Meneses likely serving as a few of the most coveted players at this year’s deadline.