It's no secret that the Boston Red Sox are looking for help at second base this winter. They've already been linked to free agent Whit Merrifield, and now they've been connected to a pair of second basemen on the trade market as well.
According to MLB insider Jim Bowden, the Red Sox have reportedly reached out to two teams in trade discussions, including a division rival.
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Per Bowden, one of those teams is the Cincinnati Reds, which isn't surprising. The Reds put former NL Rookie of the Year Jonathan India on the trade block last week, and we already wrote about why he'd be a great fit for Boston.
The other team is much more surprising, however. Bowden says that the Red Sox have engaged in trade discussions with the New York Yankees around Gleyber Torres.
Trades between the two rivals are incredibly rare, but this one would make a lot of sense for both sides. Boston could use a player like Torres, who fills multiple holes for them. Not only is the two-time All-Star one of the league's better second basemen, but he's also a right-handed power bat who could help replace Adam Duvall and/or Justin Turner.
Torres has socked at least 24 home runs in four of his six seasons so far and would thrive at Fenway Park. He also brings a bit of speed to the table with at least 10 steals in three straight seasons.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are looking to move him before he becomes a free agent after next year. They'd probably want prospects in return, and the Red Sox have plenty of those to burn after Chaim Bloom rebuilt the farm system.
The rivalry is kind of dead, anyway, so why let a century-old grudge get in the way of good business? Unless Boston signs Torres to an extension, he'll likely be in a Red Sox uniform for only one season anyway.
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