In today's column, we look at who else the Red Sox might trade (after sending Jake Peavy to the Giants) and who they might want to trade for.
Among the valuable trade chips Boston has is its plethora of pitching prospects. In Portland, we have watched Henry Owens dominate in Double-A (13-4, 2.56 ERA; 123 strikeouts in 116 innings). General manager Ben Cherington has said that he prefers to challenge his minor league players (at least he said that after he promoted Mookie Betts to Triple-A).
But Owens remains in Double-A. The simple reasoning is that there is no room in Pawtucket's rotation because it is already full of prospects. But could there be another reason? Are the Red Sox inflating the value of Owens, who is already considered a can't-fail prospect?
It is a thought. It would be interesting to know how the Red Sox project their pitchers. With so many prospects, they have to have an idea who they believe will help them, and who can be traded.
Boston will obviously be trading, especially soon-to-be free-agent veterans, as this season is now one of "rebuilding." When we last blogged, we wondered if the Red Sox could make a run. That was after a 14-1 win in Toronto last Monday. Boston improved to 47-52 and sat 7.5 games out of first.
Since? A total of 11 runs scored in five straight losses. A 47-57 record, 10.5 games out.
The For Sale sign is out, and Cherington's phone is ringing.
Shortstop Stephen Drew figures to be one on the block. It would provide an opening for Deven Marrero (at least for a September call-up). Marrero went 4-for-4 with a double on Saturday. In 20 Triple-A games, he's batting .320 with six doubles ... Betts (.336) went 2-for-5 with his third home run.
Portland second baseman Sean Coyle (.327) went 2-for-4.
Salem's new second baseman Carlos Asuaje (.321) was 2-for-5 ... Shortstop Mike Miller (.315) was 2-for-4.
Lowell first baseman Sam Travis (a second-round draft pick last month) hit his fourth home run in 35 games, and is batting .294.