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The Red Sox are exploring the outfielder trade market

May 27, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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The Red Sox are 12th in the AL in runs scored, Shane Victorino has been hurt and/or ineffective and the Jackie Bradley Jr./Grady Sizemore combo isn’t exactly doing much to make people forget Jacoby Ellsbury. So a trade may be a good idea. Here’s Rob Bradford:

According to an industry source, the Red Sox continue to explore the outfield trade market, particularly possible center field help that might be able to take some of the pressure off of Jackie Bradley. No deal appears imminent.

Bradford mentions Andre Ethier. Ethier is currently posting his worst offensive season. Maybe that means targeting him is a bad idea, maybe it means a change of scenery is in order. You never know with these things.

Still, the Dodgers aren’t are bad team to be talking to if you’re in the market for outfielders. Obviously the Dodgers aren’t parting with Puig and obviously the Red Sox don’t want Carl Crawford back, but Ethier and Matt Kemp are potential targets.

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  1. raynman49 - May 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Please, not Kemp. He looks like a fish out of water.

    • renaado - May 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Kemp is unlikely, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Ethier though.

  2. mikeyc27 - May 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Sox should package Bradley/Bogaerts/Barnes for Stanton

    • renaado - May 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Isn’t Bogaerts “untouchable”?.

      • WhyDoIActuallyCare - May 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        If a trade for Stanton were on the table, no one would be untouchable.

      • felser - May 27, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Nobody should be untouchable for Stanton.

    • pisano - May 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Right, not near enough, throw in the dwarf, and big poopie and that might work.

      • nbjays - May 27, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        And Gomes, just to get him the hell out of the league.

      • Just a Fan - May 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        Max Sherzer for Stanton………..Miggy and Giancarlo and Jose and Max? Scary for the whole League

  3. Kevin S. - May 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Boo, I was going to make a joke about the Dodgers having an extra Carl Crawford available, if the Red Sox were interested.

    • playball - May 27, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      I still would have laughed.

  4. zackd2 - May 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    If they get a CF does that mean I have to suffer through #FreeJBJ all over again?

    • WhyDoIActuallyCare - May 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      I thought that said #FreeBJ and that we were talking about one of the Upton brothers…

      • danfrommv - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        If I saw #FreeBJ, the Upton brothers wouldn’t be the first thing that came to my mind

      • stipez - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:16 AM

        Isn’t his name Bupton? And his brother Jupton.

  5. chris3141084 - May 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Wow Mikey, Stanton?!? Not in a million year would one take that trade.

    • Kevin S. - May 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      That’s not an awful trade at all. It seems pretty unlikely that Stanton stays in South Beach past 2016. Given that, you’re trading two and a half years of Giancarlo for five and a half years of the already studly Boegarts. That’s probably the best centerpiece they’re going to find. With Bradley and Barnes, you have two prospects who have been much more highly rated in the past than their present performance is showing, giving you a chance to see if you can fix them. Maybe Boston needs to add another piece, but it’s certainly not a “never in a million years” offer.

  6. proudlycanadian - May 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    I suspect that they need starting pitching more than they need an outfielder.

    The 2014 season appears to be a write off. Why burn their trade assets during the season, when they have the opportunity to reload during the off season?

    • playball - May 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      There is still a lot of baseball to be played. I’m not ready to write off the year.

      I do agree starting pitching needs to be a focal point. Our #4 and #5 are both
      on the dl or headed there. Even if they weren’t, Felix and Buch required
      serious back up. The lack of innings the two of them were capable of giving
      the team were completely taxing the bullpen.

      I like Workman and maybe Capuano will get a spot start or two.

      However, the Sox can afford to find a solid outfielder while working on this.
      Victorino really needs a rest.

      I hope Ben thinks about his moves carefully and the front office gives enough
      $, if they believe in the team.

  7. larrytsg - May 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    But… But…. the sox have Daniel Nava and Mike Carp! Viva la Equipment Manager and the Fish Guy!

  8. elmo - May 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    As a Dodger fan, I’m hoping they don’t bail on Kemp. That could turn out to be a steal for the Sox. Obviously Kemp is struggling now, but his upside is the potential for a big comeback if he ever gets 100% healthy. With Ethier, you pretty much know his ceiling.

  9. xpensivewinos - May 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    I don’t blame the Red Sox for not ponying up the dollars due to his age and injury history, but it sure seems like the Red Sox miss Ellsbury and Ellsbury misses the Red Sox.

    He just doesn’t quite look like he fits in with the Yankees and the Red Sox definitely underestimated what the impact and domino effect of losing Ellsbury would be.

    • zackd2 - May 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      According to Peter Abraham, JBJ would give the Sox 75% of Ellsbury’s production for 2% the price.

  10. bmadormo - May 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Xander Bogarts for Brett Gardner. Gardner under contract at a fair # and the Yankees will need a SS. They would never trade with each other but could help both

    • gnx725 - May 27, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Yeah…no. Bogaerts was a top 3 prospect in all MLB last year. Even if the Yankees and Red Sox did business together that’s still not happening.

    • Kevin S. - May 27, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      I beat the Brett Gardner drum as hard as anybody, but who’s kidnapping Ben Cherington’s wife in this scenario?

  11. bkool37 - May 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Looking at the 156 mil payroll and coming off a WS I don’t see the Dodgers a good fit here. The Padres might be willing to do something and they could find a nice fit there. Maybe Kubel if the Twins sink out of the race.

  12. redmanrt - May 27, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    “What’s wrong with the Red Sox?”

    Farrell, the bully.

  13. rc33 - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I dunno, I’d be tempted to just run the course of the season w/ Bradley. He’s a rookie, off to a rough start, doesn’t mean he’ll stink forever. They won the WS last season and with that comes the benefit of a “no pressure” bridge year, which they’re clearly having this season.. Not as if I expect that every year. And i have less than zero interest in trading for Kemp or Ethier without a HUGE part of their deal being picked up by LA.
    Also no interest in trading Bogaerts. Dude doesn’t turn 22 until October.

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