5 teams that the Red Sox need to try to make a trade with at the deadline

The trade deadline is all about trying to find the right trade partner. Boston has no shortage of options there.
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The Tigers and Red Sox could be a strong trade deadline pairing

Now we turn our attention to the 2023 Red Sox roster. Starting pitching is priority #1 here and the Detroit Tigers are probably the best fit there. While the AL Central has been truly awful this season, the Tigers are way below .500 and it seems likely that they will sell at the deadline as a result to position themselves better for 2024.

The Tigers' bullpen pieces would be easier deals to make to be sure, but they have two starting pitchers that Boston should check in on. Michael Lorenzen is an interesting rental option that shouldn't cost too much in prospects unless Detroit tries to parlay his All-Star label into more than it is worth. The other name would be a reunion in Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez had been one of the better pitchers in the American League before hitting the injured list with a finger injury. Boston will want to make sure he is completely healthy before any deal, but no team would know him better than Boston.

The White Sox sell-off should give the Red Sox a bunch of options

There is a certain amount of uncertainty right now regarding which teams are going to actually be sellers at the deadline, but everyone seems to agree that the White Sox will be active sellers at the deadline. While they could want to return to contention relatively quickly, they have a ton of pending free agents and relievers to move and have shown a strong willingness to do so.

Lucas Giolito seems like he is at the top of every team's wish list at the moment as a rental starter with a track record of success. Keynan Middleton and Kendall Graveman are still two of the better relievers on the trade market and neither should require Boston to give up too much. Dylan Cease is an obvious choice given his track record and the quality of his stuff, but he is having a down year and would require a very large trade package to acquire given how much team control he has left.

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