The Red Sox are trying to move some spare parts to get players with more of a future on the big-league roster, as ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports .
Manny Delcarmen, Jeremy Hermida, Hideki Okajima, Ramon Ramirez.
Fungible names, all -- but ones that could help a contender down the stretch run.
The Mets have been linked to the Red Sox in the past, primarily for Ramirez. New York likes the idea of taking on a reliever who has a low price attached and seeing if they can turn around his career. Ramirez and Delcarmen have previous success but have fallen on hard times lately. With a switch to the NL alone, both increase in value, nevermind the added possibility of the Mets coaching being able to bring relievers back to prominence.
Okajima is a quality reliever who has struggled with injuries, confidence and loneliness this season. He has two more years left of arbitration, as do Ramirez and Delcarmen. If he can get straighened out, he would go back to being one of the best setup men in the league. One thing that could assist him if he's moved to the NL is his funky delivery, which most AL teams have grown accustomed to by now.
Hermida isn't much of a fielder in the oufield, but is young and has burgeoning power as well as an uncanny knack for driving in runs in tight situations.
If moved, Boston would move to promote players such as outfielder Daniel Nava or Ryan Kalish and relievers Michael Bowden and Dustin Richardson -- along with Felix Doubront, who was just converted to relief .
UPDATE : Kalish is joining the Red Sox, reports WEEI's Alex Speier. No corresponding move is known, although one would imagine it's related to Hermida.
-- Evan Brunell
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