As multiple reports have started to come out, it’s clear the Red Sox will need to spend heavily.
It was recently reported by Jon Morosi that the Red Sox would have to utilize additional prospects in a trade with the Marlins for reliever, Drew Steckenrider.
In preliminary #RedSox–#Marlins trade talks, source says Miami indicated that Michael Chavis or Jay Groome alone would not be sufficient to acquire setup man Drew Steckenrider. That is one snapshot of the market value for controllable relievers. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 24, 2018
Steckenrider is the one of the Marlins late inning relievers and has a 3.48 ERA this season. To be fair, his appeal comes in the form of cheap team control as he won’t be set to reach free agency until 2024.
Yes, the team control is an important aspect, but Derek Jeter is asking the Red Sox to part with one of their top two prospects IN ADDITION to more. At this asking price, it would be wise for Dave Dombrowski to merely seek a separate partner for a deal. As it stands, Steckenrider is likely the most affordable option out of the Marlins relievers that includes Kyle Barraclough and Adam Conley.
If you were hoping for a Marlins’ reliever, you may be out of luck.
The Zach Britton sweepstakes has largely been narrowed down to the Red Sox, Yankees, Astros, Brewers, and Diamondbacks per Ken Rosenthal. The asking price is thought to be lower, as Britton is merely a rental, but Orioles scouts have been doing their due diligence around the Red Sox system.
As the rumors swirl, the Red Sox are likely going to have to spend in order to get an elite starter / reliever at this Trade Deadline.