2019 didn’t begin the way the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox would have liked. Who are the five players the team needs to trade for?
Dreadful, concerning and surprising are three words that perfectly describe the early season play of the Boston Red Sox. Led by Alex Cora, the club has been trying to tread water as they’ve battled through their first 41 games.
Chris Sale has been a major concern as the ace of the staff. Outside of his last two starts, he has pitched poorly through a large part of the season and currently has a record of 1-5 with an ERA of 4.50.
While he has been the largest concern in the starting rotation, the rest of the staff has been lackluster too. Rick Porcello has pitched to an ERA over 5 and Nathan Eovaldi has been on the shelf with an injury. David Price, perhaps the best starter for the Sox so far, has also recently been sent to the Injured List.
Offensively, the team has been far more stable, and they are currently middle of the pack in many offensive categories. But depth is an issue. Dustin Pedroia, Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt have all landed on the IL, which has left the team without reinforcements.
Of course, this inconsistency could be chalked up to a ‘World Series hangover’. However, team general manager Dave Dombrowski also didn’t go out of his way to address some of the team’s needs this past offseason.
Although, after battling off some of the early struggles the team is back above .500. After slow starts and a ton of injuries, who are the five players the Red Sox and Dombrowski should trade for in order to have another deep playoff run?