Boston Red Sox Rumors: 3 star players that could get traded this season

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Boston Red Sox player who may get traded No. 2: Nathan Eovaldi

After last night’s putrid outing, in which Nathan Eovaldi only lasted 1.2 innings while giving up nine runs (six earned) and five home runs in just one inning, it may not seem like there would be much of a market for his services. Rest assured, Red Sox nation, it was an outlier from Eovaldi, albeit an ugly one for sure.

Prior to his meltdown last night, Eovaldi’s ERA on the season had been 3.15, and while it may sit a full run higher now at 4.32, Eovaldi is still a bonafide ace who could be a tremendous help to any starting rotation in the league, assuming he can stay healthy.

A more accurate representation of how good Eovaldi is came last season in 2021, when he finished with an 11-9 record, a 3.75 ERA, and 195 strikeouts. Those numbers earned him his first ever All-Star appearence, and a fourth place finish in the American League Cy Young race. Eovaldi had huge shoes to fill in Chris Sale‘s absence, and he stepped up admirably.

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But similar to Martinez, Eovaldi’s contract is up at the end of the season, and if the team proves to be unable to win baseball games, they may be better off trading him for prospects while they can. Assuming Eovaldi can continue to pitch well over the next two months, he could have some significant value considering how high his ceiling is.

Eovaldi is a top of the line starting pitcher who could instantly turn any playoff team into a legitimate World Series contender. He’s still just 32, and assuming he can continue to stay healthy, he should be able to keep pitching at a high level for the next few years. If Boston wants to blow up their roster, it makes sense to unload Eovaldi for some prospects.