As the owners and hunters reported, Red Sox is still looking to change some deals to help staff in these areas. According to Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal (Subscription Link), the organization wiped out its three hold-ups in trade talks, hoping to find the depth of rotation in return.
It's hardly surprising to hear that the president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrovski, is looking for a hunter to move. In the end, he explained a few weeks ago that the team had little interest in bringing Christie Vasquez Sandy Leon and Blake Swichart into the opening day list. 1
A little bigger import, however, is the concept that Red Sox wants to increase their starter stocks. This is the goal of any organization, generally speaking. But the same thing makes it hard to imagine that the rival will be particularly inclined to move with passable weapons – especially given the scant production of the Boston catch-up trio last year and the fact that Red Sox is already broadcasting its intentions. 19659003] Some might claim that the club should focus on its wing, which seems a particularly risky place on the obviously talented list. However, this may be a little red herring because any rotating asset can also help (directly or indirectly) the relief unit, and the club certainly knows that I will not be able to change one of my three traps for something, which is approaching.
It is not clear which of these three backs of the Sox are most likely to move. Perhaps the market will still dictate the decision to some extent, although the club is watching the three again in uniform and certainly have their own ideas. Dombrowski said in January that Swihart would "come to the camp trying to compete to be our starting catch" until the team had previously shown their faith in Vazquez by signing it for an extension. Perhaps it will make Leon become a strange man, but he probably will not attract considerable interest in trade talks, and he is also considered a much more reliable defender than Svihart.
It will be interesting to see how all this is being played. Perhaps it will not be surprising if the Red Sox just end up defining one of those players who are not available when their time comes. Again, Dombrovski said beforehand that the club is waiting for the "mak [e] trading we feel good about" seems to show he thinks there will be enough interest from other organizations to get at least some return.