The Boston Red Sox have seen their fair share of struggles in recent days, with a historic loss to the Toronto Blue Jays and a five-game losing streak coming into the All-Star break. With the MLB trade deadline just eight days away, Chaim Bloom and the Boston Red Sox could be more open to being traded before August 2, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports.
The argument that the Red Sox should be sellers at the trade deadline has picked up steam in recent weeks, given the team’s struggles. Meanwhile, Passan reports that a person in the Red Sox organization says the team will wait and see how he does in the next series before making that call.
If the Red Sox falter, the rest of the league reportedly expects Bloom to start selling. Passan wrote that “opposing executives expect Bloom to be open for business” if Boston drops its next two games against Cleveland.
Passan referred to the Red Sox as the “worst team in baseball” since July 4, when they were in second place in the American League East. Since then, the team has fallen to fourth place, with the Baltimore Orioles just one game behind.
The Red Sox have dealt with their share of injuries, with Trevor Story, Rafael Devers, Chris Sale and JD Martinez among the names who have missed time. Martinez was the first name Passan listed as a potential trade candidate, saying he is the best hitter available and could be a candidate to join the New York Mets.
Despite Nathan Eovaldi’s poor performance Friday night (he allowed nine runs in 2.2 innings in the Red Sox’s 28-5 loss to Toronto), he is another trade candidate, according to Passan. Eovaldi is coming off a back/hip injury that kept him out for more than a month, but there could be plenty of teams interested if the Red Sox were open to hearing offers.
However, Passan mentioned one name that Boston is unlikely to trade, but is still a slight possibility: Xander Bogaerts. The shortstop is set to hit free agency this winter, but has been a key member for the Red Sox since joining the team in 2013. Rival executives do not believe the Red Sox will seek to trade Bogaerts.
During an appearance on WEEI’s Greg Hill Show Tuesday morning, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy confirmed the team has no plans to move Bogaerts or star third baseman Rafael Devers.
“All I will say is there has been no discussion or comment internally or externally regarding trade deadline moves involving Xander or (Rafael Devers) or anyone else to my knowledge at this point,” Kennedy said. “We’re focused on getting back into this thing and winning.
The Red Sox have about a week to decide if they will be sellers, with the MLB trade deadline approaching on August 2.