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The Boston Crimson Sox are contemplating dealing a few of their veterans forward of Tuesday’s commerce deadline, together with five-time All-Star JD Martinez.
Jon Heyman of the New York Submit additionally reported that catcher Christian Vazquez and beginning pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who’re impending free brokers like Martinez, could possibly be on the transfer.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts will keep, per Heyman, however he can opt out of his contract and depart Boston after this season.
The Crimson Sox have been in an entire tailspin since July 5, when a 8-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays kickstarted a 5-16 stretch that is included a 28-5 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays and a pair of highway losses to the New York Yankees by a mixed rating of 28-3.
Boston entered Saturday final within the American League East with a 50-51 report, though the Sox are simply 4 video games behind the Rays for the third and closing AL Wild Card spot in the meanwhile.
Nonetheless, the writing could also be on the wall for a staff that’s bleeding runs and dropping video games proper now, and buying and selling off the staff’s finest out there property could possibly be the most effective transfer at this juncture.
The 34-year-old Martinez is hitting .289 (.818 OPS) with 9 house runs and 38 RBI. The 31-year-old Vazquez has posted eight homers, 40 RBI and a .280 batting common (.754 OPS). The 32-year-old Eovaldi has gone 4-3 with a 4.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 80 strikeouts in 81.1 innings (15 begins).
So far as particular groups go, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic speculated that the Mets could possibly be within the combine for Martinez and Vazquez if any potential offers with some Chicago Cubs gamers on the block fall by way of.
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Mets have scout watching Crimson Sox tonight, supply tells @TheAthletic. If staff finds Cubs’ worth for Contreras/Robertson too steep, may pivot to J.D. Martinez/ Christian Vázquez. Separate transfer or strikes could be wanted to handle bullpen.
For now, the Boston trio continues to be on the town because the Crimson Sox host the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday and Sunday.