It’s a Summer Sunday, which means Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has an interesting nugget pertaining to the MLB trade-deadline.
In response to a question from a reader who wanted to know who the Red Sox could look to acquire at the deadline, should they choose to be buyers, Cafardo gave two very familiar names as responses.
Tell me where they are in July. If they’re in the hunt, wouldn’t shock me to see them try to obtain another starting pitcher. The Philadelphia guys – Cliff Lee (if he’s healthy) and Cole Hamels – are possibilities.
This scenario looks to be an extreme long-shot. Besides the fact that Lee and Hamels both are still owed over $50 million after this season, nearly $100 in the case of Cole, the Red Sox are 31-37. While them trying to get back in the race might not sound as foolish as the Phillies consistently saying they can get back in the thick of things with only 29 wins, the fact that the Red Sox are in a very crowded American League East, may make it difficult for them to get in a situation to be realistically competitive again this year.
That said, the Red Sox are a team who would certainly be looking to compete next year, so making a move for Hamels or Lee would make more sense for the Red Sox, than going after a rental player, who would only help them for the rest of the season.
I think the biggest question that the Phillies would face if they moved one of the two to Boston, is would they rather just dump one of the contracts of Hamels or Lee on the Red Sox and get a minimal personnel return, or would they rather eat a large percentage of their contracts and look to get a top prospect like Jackie Bradley Jr. or Xander Bogaerts (neither of whom have lit it up in limited big-league time) in a move. I’d tend to think they’d be better suited just getting rid of the salaries of the two, especially if it is Hamels’ deal that they move, because paying someone to pitch for another team through 2018, doesn’t make much sense.
Editors note: This is the first that I was aware of this article from Cafardo. It was written on June 11th, but I wouldn’t have published it if it wasn’t still relevant.