With the MLB Trade Deadline coming up next week, the Boston Red Sox are expected to be busy. They enter play on July 24 six games over .500 and a mere two games out of a Wild Card spot in the American League. Barring a total collapse over the next week, the Red Sox should still be squarely in the playoff hunt come Aug. 1.
During Chaim Bloom’s regime thus far, Boston’s been active at every trade deadline he’s presided over. The Sox were sellers in 2020, buyers in 2021 and both in 2022, and they’re expected to be buyers in 2023. Accordingly, the roster will probably look significantly different by the end of next week.
That said, Bloom is constantly searching for value and always has an eye on the future, so Boston fans should expect to see some of their own players jettisoned as well, either for better pieces or future assets.
With that in mind, here are three Red Sox players who are unlikely to survive the trade deadline.
3 Red Sox Trade Candidates
Bobby Dalbec, 1B
With Triston Casas emerging as a reliable everyday first baseman in his age-23 season, he looks like he’ll be a fixture at the position for years to come. Boston kept Dalbec around in case Casas didn’t pan out, but now that he has, Dalbec is fully expendable.
With Casas proving up to the task in The Show, Dalbec has spent much of the season at Triple-A, appearing in just 10 games for the Red Sox. His dominance in Triple-A (22 homers, .296/.402/.611 triple slash) suggests he deserves another crack at the bigs, but the Sox simply don’t have the room or at-bats for him.
Dalbec socked 25 home runs for Boston in 2021 and logged an .819 OPS over his first two seasons, so he’s had success in the majors as well. He’s also capable of playing third base and is still in his prime at 28, so he could still be useful for a team in need of some cheap pop.
This is likely Bloom’s last, best chance to deal Dalbec while he still has some value, so don’t expect him to still be hitting bombs for Worcester in August.