After the Red Sox acquired infielder Aaron Hill from the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, Dave Dombrowski said other trade talks were beginning to gain steam. We know Dombrowski has been on the phones inquiring about pitchers throughout the majors, but until now, those talks have appeared to be very preliminary. With many pitching trade rumors being associated with the Red Sox, let’s take a look at three potential trade partners for Boston.
One of the biggest names being tossed around is Julio Teheran of the Braves. The 25-year old is a very talented young starter who is stuck on a terrible Braves team. This year he is 3-7 with a 2.72 ERA and 105 Ks in 112.2 innings. He has allowed 15 HRs and throughout his young career has allowed 1.1 HRs a game, which is not ideal, but certainly not a deal-breaker. The Braves also have closer Arodys Vizcaino who like Teheran, is 25-years old and has been strong at the back-end of the bullpen. He has a 2.75 ERA and 10 saves in 2016, with 47 Ks in 36 innings.
I could easily see the Braves not taking calls on either pitcher considering they need to rebuild around somebody, but on the flip side, if the Red Sox are willing to part with a few of their top prospects, it might entice the Braves to be realistic about a rebuild that will take a few more years.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has been reporting that the Red Sox have interesting in Phillies starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. Many Red Sox fans will remember Hellickson from his 5 years with the Tampa Bay Rays. He is a solid rotation arm who has a career ERA a touch below 4 and could provide some back of the rotation stability. This season, Hellickson is 6-6 with a 3.92 ERA and 93 Ks in 105.2 innings. He has allowed 16 HRs this year in the NL, but could provide a veteran presence and hopefully some consistency.
As mentioned above, he already knows pitching in the AL East, so has an advantage on day 1. He will also likely take fewer prospects to acquire, so could be a slightly cheaper alternative.
The name Sonny Gray has been floating around Red Sox circles for a few years now. Until this season, Gray has been one of the best pitchers in the majors since his debut in 2013. The 26-year old has had an abysmal 2016 season and is sitting with a 3-8 record and 5.16 ERA. His BB/9 is well above his career average (3.4) and his K/9 is below his career average (7.1). Given the hot start to his career, you have to believe this year is an aberration for Gray.
The Athletics are in 4th place in the AL West and 12 games under .500, so are likely looking to sell before the deadline. If they are willing to part with Gray, the price will likely be lower than at this point last season, but still relatively steep given his age and past history. A change of scenery is probably a good thing for the young starter at this point in his career.
Stay tuned to Life of a Sportsaholic for updates and new rumors as we approach the non-waiver trade deadline.