Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Agent requests trade
Swihart broke camp with the Red Sox as a utility man, with the fact that he had no minor-league options remaining likely weighing heavily into Boston's decision to keep the 2011 first-round pick on the 25-man roster. Despite Swihart's ability to play behind the plate in addition to a number of spots around in the infield and outfield, Red Sox skipper Alex Cora has had difficulty finding room in the lineup for the 26-year-old, who has logged just 32 plate appearances across 15 games entering play Wednesday. With second baseman Dustin Pedroia (knee) nearing a return from the 10-day disabled list and Swihart's role likely to shrink even further once that happens, Boston could become a little more willing to grant Scoffield's request. Though he hasn't found much offensive success in the majors since his debut season in 2015, the switch-hitting Swihart's strong pedigree and defensive versatility should leave the Red Sox with no shortage of suitors if they elect to shop him.
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