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The Red Sox have plenty of expendable options if a trade partner was to arise.
Throughout the early parts of the season there have been a few surprises. The Red Sox are off to a scorching 10-2 start, while the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets have also emerged seemingly out of nowhere.
The surprising start has largely been fueled by their *finally* healthy rotation for the New York Mets. Their deadly combination of Noah Syndergaard – Jacob deGrom – Steven Matz – Zack Wheeler & Matt Harvey has been off to a hot start; however the Mets seem to have a serious issue.
In the series finale against the Miami Marlins, back up catcher Kevin Plawecki, broke his hand and will miss a serious amount of time.
The Mets are now left with Tomas Nido as the only remaining catcher on the active roster. For reference, Nido has a mere 11 career at-bats at the Major League level.
Enter the Boston Red Sox.
It has been no secret that the Red Sox are at a crossroad with Blake Swihart. The now-utility man has been moved from his natural position due to positional lockdown. Christian Vazquez has captured the starting job and it appears that Sandy Leon has locked down the back up job.
Swihart has collected 7 plate appearances in 2018 – a small number for a Spring Training breakout player.
The New York Mets may be inclined to moving a few prospects in order to acquire an MLB-proven bat while their battery recovers from multiple injuries.
A trade moving Swihart would not cost the Mets as much as it would have years ago, but it would reward the Red Sox with the opportunity to recover lost assets through Dave Dombrowski’s endeavors.
Red Sox fans may rather see Sandy Leon head to the Mets, but a trade for a career back up would result in little-to-no return for the Red Sox and nothing more than a “stop gap” for the Mets.