Red Sox: 1 prospect to call up, 1 veteran to demote

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Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox may want to swap roles for two players who came to Boston this past offseason.

The Boston Red Sox made a rare trade with the New York Yankees this past offseason. The deal saw reliever Adam Ottavino head to Boston, along with prospect Frank German.

So far, Ottavino appears to be an inside man for the Yankees in Boston. That is why some changes should be made.

Red Sox should call up Frank German

German is an intriguing player. The right-hander is opening the season in Double-A with the Portland Sea Dogs and has been a starter during his minor league career. He is a former fourth-round pick of the Yankees back in 2018.

The Red Sox did the Yankees a favor by taking Ottavino’s salary. German was the true win from this deal, and there is no reason why the Red Sox can’t get him up in Boston before the end of May.

The 23-year-old is ranked as the No. 30 overall prospect in the organization by He represents a potential future piece in either the bullpen or rotation. The fact he didn’t play in 2020 because of COVID-19 could mean the Red Sox bring him up as a reliever first.

German can hit the upper 90s on the radar gun as well. His ceiling is high, and the Red Sox should just accept the financial loss and replace Ottavino with the true centerpiece of the deal.

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