MLB trade rumors: Red Sox are now among the teams checking in on Manny Machado
The Red Sox don't need a shortstop, but a third baseman wouldn't hurt
According to Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun, the Red Sox have rekindled their previous interest in Machado. It's unclear whether Boston has interest in impending free agent closer Zach Britton as well.
In the wake of reports that the New York Yankees have renewed their interest in shortstop Manny Machado, two industry sources indicated Tuesday that the Boston Red Sox also have been in recent contact with the Orioles.
The Red Sox already have a pretty good shortstop in Xander Bogaerts, who went into Monday's game hitting .277/.351/.512 (129 OPS+) with 25 doubles and 14 home runs. Boston does have a need at third base, however, where Rafael Devers is hitting only .243/.292/.427 (91 OPS+) with shaky defense.
Machado has third base experience, of course, but he insists on playing shortstop.
As with the Yankees and their reported interest in Machado, there are three possibilities here.
- The Red Sox have legitimate interest in acquiring Machado.
- The Red Sox are trying to drive up the price for other teams (i.e. the Yankees).
- The Orioles are using the Red Sox to drive up the price for other teams.
If the Red Sox do have interest in Machado, do they have the pieces to put together a competitive offer? Or, alternatively, would they make Devers available? Boston's farm system is not in good shape right now, especially with top prospect Jay Groome rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Also, the Red Sox are in the luxury tax dangerous zone.
The shallow farm system and luxury tax concerns do not automatically mean the Red Sox can't get Machado. It just means it might take some creativity.
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