Dave Dombrowski has been in trade talks early, but will he continue with more trades?
There’s been plenty of talk surrounding the 2019 Boston Red Sox. It’s largely been a disappointing season, but there’s plenty of time to secure a postseason position.
All things considered, our site experts took a look at the current state of the Red Sox and outlined their plan for the upcoming Trade Deadline.
If I was in Dave Dombrowksi’s seat right now, I wouldn’t be done quite yet. He made the right move going out and getting a starter to fill a spot in the rotation in Andrew Cashner. The acquisition was low-risk and potential for high reward, which is something I really liked about the deal. We’ve heard some rumblings that Dombrowski is planning to stand pat at the deadline after the Cashner deal, but that shouldn’t be the case. The bullpen is still a real issue.
The plan right now for Dave Dombrowski is to probably see how Nathan Eovaldi, who is expected to be activated in a week, plays out in the bullpen before making a move. I still think the team needs a couple of relievers to add depth. The two guys I think the Red Sox can go after without giving up too much are Seth Lugo and Will Smith. Both these guys are solid relief arms that could really boost the team’s chances of making a deep postseason run.
Truthfully, there were better options for the Red Sox to upgrade their starting rotation; however there wasn’t a more cost-effective option than Andrew Casher. Despite being a candidate for statistical regression, the former Orioles’ pitcher has a track record for success at the back end of the rotation. While I may have preferred to see Zack Wheeler head to Boston, the Mets will look to capitalize on any value that he may have and Dave Dombrowski opted to protect the farm system. As of now, it looks like a wise long term move.
There’s a sincere need in the Red Sox bullpen. Marcus Walden, Ryan Brasier, Steven Wright, and Hector Velazquez would all be candidates for demotion if there was adequate support. Dombrowski has promoted two of the organization’s top prospects to Pawtucket in hopes of potential support, but Tanner Houck and Darwinzon Hernandez are largely unproven bullpen commodities at this point.
Boston’s farm system has been taxed over the past few seasons and it would be surprising to see them make a huge bullpen splash. The Miami Marlins bullpen has a couple of buy-low candidates, but as Gabe highlighted, I’ve been on the Seth Lugo train for quite some time. He’s a high spin rate guy that can be used in a variety of different roles within the Red Sox bullpen. As a former starter, he possesses the ability to be a long reliever, while also performing one inning duties. As an added bonus, Lugo has dealt with New York media which would make the transition to Boston relatively seamless.
Sweep up Sam Dyson?
Maybe a bad pun on my part, but I’d like to think that outside help can still be attainable to help fix the bullpen. While there are talented arms in the minors that could help down the stretch, it can be comforting knowing what you’re getting in an established veteran. San Francisco Giants reliever Sam Dyson has produced a 2.86 ERA in 42 appearances while notching 14 holds. He also has given up just 3 HRs in 44 innings pitched.
Under contract through next year, Dyson is owed roughly $2 million left for the year. When trading for someone that is under for team control beyond October, the price tends to be more than for three month rentals. With a hard focus on restocking the farm, how far will DD go when push comes to shove? His “internal solution” Steven Wright and his 8.53 ERA were placed back on the IL. It will no doubt take multiple prospects. Perhaps a guy like Mike Shawaryn can entice the Giants, packaged with Tzu-Wei Lin and a Single A player if need be.
If this scenario is achieved, the Red Sox would get a solid Sam Dyson / Brandon Workman / Nathan Eovaldi combination at the end of the game.