Boston Red Sox Rumors: 3 Diamondbacks targets at MLB Trade Deadline

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JUNE 20: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JUNE 20: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JULY 21: Boston Red Sox trade target David Peralta (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

The MLB Trade Deadline is finally heating up. Teams from all around the league have begun to decide whether or not they are buyers or sellers, and make some trades that push them towards contention, or on the other hand, towards a rebuild.

Curiously enough however, the Boston Red Sox have stood pat so far. While watching other teams in their division, particularly the second place Tampa Bay Rays, make a couple of moves already, Boston has waited out the market up until this point. They have reportedly been checking in on some bigger names, including Anthony Rizzo and Max Scherzer, but it remains to be seen whether they are serious suitors.

If Boston eventually decides to jump in the trade market, a team that could help them out is the Arizona Diamondbacks. In a fiercely competitive NL West, the Diamondbacks are the outlier, sitting a whooping 33 games out of first place, and find themselves with the worst record in the MLB. Things have been trending down in Arizona for some time now, but this is a new rock bottom.

With their playoff hopes already crushed for now, and most likely the foreseeable future, it would be wise for Arizona to fully embrace a rebuild. They don’t have a ton of depth pieces, but do have a few big name players who could come in and help out a contender like the Sox. Here are three Diamondbacks players who could be trade targets for the Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox Trade Target No. 3: David Peralta

It has been an interesting past couple of seasons for David Peralta. He seemed to be set for a late career surge after smacking 30 home runs in 2018 while hitting .293, but things haven’t followed that expected path. Peralta has seemingly hit a wall, and a change of scenery may be necessary.

Peralta’s power evaporated last season, as he only hit five home runs, but he still hit .300 to earn his spot in the lineup. But things have only gotten worse this season, as Peralta only has four home runs while hitting .252.

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Even with the regression, Peralta still brings value to the table. The short right field at Fenway Park may be just what Peralta needs to rediscover his home run stroke, and a platoon role may be more up his alley at this stage of his career. He’s also a solid defender in the outfield, which could help Kike Hernandez move around to other positions of need.

Peralta only has committed three errors on the season despite playing 91 games in the field, and his expertise in the outfield may be a welcome sight. The outfield has been a strength defensively for the most part, but having Peralta as a late-inning replacement certainly wouldn’t hurt.

A lot of this would depend on how comfortable the Sox are with Jarren Duran as the potential fourth outfielder. If they aren’t comfortable, it may end up forcing them into a move. Outfield is an area of strength for Boston right now, but if they want to add some depth to the position, Peralta would be a good option to bring in.