Boston Red Sox: Five Realistic Blockbuster Trade Targets

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Matt Harvey, SP – New York Mets

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On one hand, the Mets would appear to have plans to deal Matt Harvey. He is the ace of a young staff which is in the World Series and could be the centerpiece of their rotation for years to come. However, the Mets have had a minor issue with Harvey’s innings limit and dealing with agent Scott Boras.

The Mets are also facing the prospect of numerous players hitting free agency and not wanting to allocate the money or want to offer long-term deals Daniel Murphy, Tyler Clippard, or Yoenis Cespedes. Where the Mets are deep is in the starting rotation and trading a pitcher for a package of position players could help the Mets compete without breaking the bank.

The question for Boston is the price tag to bring the Connecticut native back to New England. The Mets are not giving up Harvey for a discount rate and they are going to want a player who can contribute immediately in order to sell the trade to their fans. A player such as Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts may have to be part of the deal.

With the previous Red Sox front office adamant about not trading Bogaerts or Betts, it is unknown if Dombrowski would be willing to deal one of the exciting young prospects. Both are proven major league talents and their cost is low. If the Red Sox are willing to move one of these players, they had better get a top talent like Harvey in return.

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