Boston Red Sox: Five Realistic Blockbuster Trade Targets

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Stephen Strasburg, SP – Washington Nationals

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The Boston Red Sox are in the market to add a frontline starting pitchers. It is no secret after the Red Sox let ace Jon Lester leave without a serious offer in the offseason and the front office rolled out a rotation of number three starters which predictably did not work out as well as former general manager Ben Cherington envisioned.

With Dave Dombrowski historically more inclined to deal for an ace rather than sign one of the available pitchers in free agency, there are some big names who may be available for a significant cost if a team deep with prime prospects (like the Red Sox). These three targets are all young, not too expensive yet and may be on the market in the offseason.

Stephen Strasburg is on a Washington Nationals team which is loaded with talent and with a couple of starters free agents, they have a decision to make if they re-sign Jordan Zimmerman and Doug Fister and deal Strasburg who is entering his final season under arbitration and would be a free agent after next season.

Strasburg may be available simply because he has not stayed healthy. He is just 27 years old and a team not afraid of the cost with a team ERA which was 25th in MLB should be interested. Strasburg’s price may not be as high as other pitchers under team control due to his pending free agency.

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