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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1. Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen has become a surprise trade candidate this offseason, with the incentive for moving Jansen assuredly centered around the $16 million that he is due in 2024, the fifth-highest figure on the Red Sox payroll. Breslow's willingness to move on from Jansen isn't performance-based, as the 14-year veteran converted 29 out of 33 save opportunities in 2023 and was Boston's lone All-Star representative last season.

Jansen has demonstrated his ability to continue to perform at an All-Star level, even in what was expected to be the twilight of his career. His impact out of the pen would be much more valuable to a contending team than a team projected to win 75 games and once again finish in the cellar of the American League East.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies are considered the frontrunners to acquire Jansen's services if the closer is indeed moved. Jansen spent his first 12 years of his MLB career with the Dodgers. Jon Heyman also mentioned the San Diego Padres as a potential suitor.

A few days ago, Breslow had the opportunity to completely shut down the possibility of a Jansen trade, but stopped short of doing so and his words alluded to it being a fluid situation:

"I think where we stand is, he's on this team, and he is an All-Star-caliber closer who's had an incredible career, and we're happy for that. We have talented players on our team that are potentially of interest to others. But as of right now, we're excited about what he brings, what the back end of our bullpen brings and the depth that we have down there."

Red Sox CBO Craig Breslow

As McCaffrey highlighted earlier, Jansen's trade market is "still strong", even with Opening Day approaching.

Between McCaffrey's reporting that Boston could "make more moves as the spring progresses" and Breslow's failure to eliminate the possibility of Jansen being dealt, it is far from a surefire thing that he will be in a Red Sox uniform on Opening Day.

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