3 Red Sox Who Could Be Traded Next After John Schreiber

The MLB season is right around the corner. Here are three players who could potentially be moved after the John Schreiber deal.

Jul 5, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) pitches
Jul 5, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) pitches / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
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On Saturday, the Boston Red Sox sent reliever John Schreiber to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for prospect David Sandlin. Sandlin is a 22-year-old starting pitcher who ranked 20th in Kansas City's farm system by Baseball America.

Sandlin played his collegiate ball at Oklahoma University before beginning his minor league career in 2022. In 15 minor league games, he has compiled a 3.41 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and an eye-opening 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

Schreiber, who has performed well out of the pen for the Sox over the last two seasons, was likely made disposable by Boston's offseason reliever acquisitions. Greg Weissert, acquired in the Alex Verdugo trade, and Isaiah Campbell, traded from the Seattle Mariners for Luis Urias, have bothimpressed early in camp.

Schreiber will end his tenure in Boston with a splendid 2.90 ERA and 10.9 K/9 across 111 games in a Red Sox uniform. He was also a well-respected teammate in the clubhouse.

With the trade of Schreiber on Saturday, Craig Breslow has shown that he is not yet done constructing his first roster as Boston's chief baseball officer. Even though the team has begun their spring training workouts in Fort Myers, Fla. and their opening Grapefruit League game less than a week ago, Breslow could very well continue to put his finishing touches on the roster.

Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reinforced that the Red Sox could still be active before Opening Day:

"The Red Sox meanwhile have subtracted from the big-league team, but it's still possible they will make more moves as the spring progresses. Free agents are still available and Jansen's trade market is still strong."

Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic

Here are three more players that could also be dealt before the Red Sox open up on March 28 in Seattle.

3. Tanner Houck

Houck's name hasn't been prominent in any legitimate trade rumors as of late, but the Red Sox roster taking shape around him could render the 27-year-old disposable. Brayan Bello, Lucas Giolito, Kutter Crawford, and Nick Pivetta all appear to be locks for the rotation, with Garrett Whitlock likely among that group as well. Houck is on the outside looking in at the rotation, which likely pushes him to the Red Sox bullpen.

Houck's 2023 campaign doesn't help his case for a rotation spot. Despite the promise that he has shown at times, his ERA last season skyrocketed to 5.01 and he recorded career highs in WHIP, hits per nine, and home runs per nine. With relievers Greg Weissert and Isaiah Campbell reportedly impressing in camp as well, the bullpen could be more crowded than it does at first glance.

Earlier this offseason, it was suggested that Houck could be included as part of a larger package to acquire top of the rotation talent such as Corbin Burnes (who was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on Feb. 1) or Dylan Cease, but it doesn't appear that Boston has any interest in actually pulling the trigger on players of that caliber, especially considering their aversion to the payroll implications that would induce.

If Jansen is moved however, that would open the door for Houck at the back end of the bullpen, where he does have experience as a closer and thrived in that role.

If Houck is moved, it should be for strong MLB talent, which usually comes with a payroll hit. Until John Henry and FSG are willing to open up their checkbooks, a Houck trade is a little less likely than the next names on this list.