Red Sox Rumors: Top infield prospect could be on trade block according to insider

Nick Yorke, a 21-year-old, second-base prospect for the Sox, could make a great addition to another major league roster in exchange for pitching depth.

Salem Red Sox Nick Yorke makes contact in the game against Delmarva Shorebirds Tuesday, May 4, 2021,
Salem Red Sox Nick Yorke makes contact in the game against Delmarva Shorebirds Tuesday, May 4, 2021, / Lauren Roberts/Salisbury Daily Times via

The modern Red Sox are known to be stingy about trading prospects, sometimes to a fault.

In 2023, 28-year-old Bobby Dalbec raked for the WooSox — he played 113 games and blasted 33 homers, one of which sailed an astonishing 515 feet. Dalbec could find his place at Fenway Park this year, but that hope seems to decrease in likelihood with each passing season because he's failed to prove himself. His peak value as a trade piece has also likely passed.

Holding onto prospects may pan out in other instances, such as with Triston Casas and Jarren Duran. Their spots on the roster seemed uncertain after a few major league appearances, but both found their footing in the Sox's lineup and they showed out offensively and defensively in 2023.

The Red Sox front office and its newest addition, Chief Baseball Officer Craig Breslow, may be looking to change the narrative about Boston and its prospects. Maybe somewhere in between Dave Dombrowski and Chaim Bloom?

Twenty-one-year-old Nick Yorke could be among the prospects the Sox would be willing to spin for pitching, per Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic. Boston drafted Yorke, an infielder, in the first round back in 2020, and he just put forth his best campaign.

Nick Yorke's breakout season with Salem could make him a valuable Red Sox trade asset

Yorke spent his 2022 slate with the Red Sox's high-A affiliate, the Salem Red Sox, where he struggled a bit. He appeared in 80 games, during which he recorded 78 hits, 48 runs, 13 homers and 45 RBI.

In 2023, his offensive production increased significantly. He logged 110 games and registered 119 hits, 74 runs and 61 RBI. Though Yorke's homer rate didn't increase quite so dramatically -- rising from 11 in 2022 to 13 in 2023 -- his consistency is showing.

Yorke's bounce-back year could make him a valuable addition to many teams' prospect pools. He could even be a candidate for big-league play later in the season.

Trading Yorke could bring the Sox some necessary pitching depth that they may be unable to secure in free agency. Dealing the 21-year-old second baseman, along with other prospects, to the White Sox for Dylan Cease or the Guardians for Shane Bieber would bring Boston the quality pitching it so desperately needs. With Vaughn Grissom on the Sox's roster, the need for Yorke at Fenway is perhaps redundant.

Better get moving, though, because it's time Sox fans felt an impact move before this turns out to be another wildly underwhelming offseason.

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