Way Too Early Trade Ideas

Posted on May 19 2016 - 10:44am by Greg Gisolfi

Blake Swihart hit .274 in his first major league season. (Associated Press)

 

We’ve been talking for a while about what the Red Sox need to turn them into a legitimate World Series contender in 2016.

I don’t think it’s any secret that pitching should be at the top of list. Pitching of the starting variety, to be exact.

These are mere fan-made trade speculations. Don’t get too excited or pissed off.

 

Oakland gets: Henry Owens, Deven Marerro, Sam Travis, Rusney Castillo

Boston gets: Sonny Gray

Oakland stinks. They can’t hold on to Gray forever, I don’t care what Billy Beane says. If Boston eats a lot of Castillo’s money, I think they could probably get this deal done.

Cleveland gets: Blake Swihart, Deven Marerro, Henry Owens or Brian Johnson

Boston gets: Danny Salazar

This is my dream scenario. Salazar has nasty stuff, and would fit perfectly between David Price and Steven Wright in the Red Sox rotation. It would have to hurt in order to get him, but Cleveland is desperate for offense. Blake Swihart would be the key to Salazar.

According to John Farrell, another DL stint is possible for reliever Carson Smith. Smith is reportedly still feeling the pain of a flexor muscle strain he suffered at the end of spring training. If put on the disabled list, Smith could very well be missed in the Red Sox bullpen. A trade for a reliever would not be out of the question, if that were the scenario.

Some names out there on teams that could be available are: Tony Sipp, Huston Street, Sean Doolittle and A.J. Ramos.

 

Of course, in order for any trade to happen, the Red Sox need to keep up the good work and remain in contention. Right now, we just have to hurry up and wait.

 
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