The Boston Red Sox know what weakness they need to address at the 2016 trade deadline, starting pitching. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Red Sox are interested in acquiring ace Jose Fernandez from the Miami Marlins.
Boston currently sits a game behind the first-place Baltimore Orioles in the AL East standings with a 39-30 record. The Red Sox have a shaky rotation as their starters ranked only 19th in MLB in terms of ERA with 4.49.
According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have reportedly inquired about Jose Fernandez of the Marlins. However, he noted that the response Boston got was the same they did during the winter when they went after Chris Sale of the White Sox, Matt Harvey of the Mets and Sonny Gray of the Athletics.
Teams will start to think about trading their ace to the Red Sox if either shortstop Xander Bogaerts or outfielder Mookie Betts is included in the deal. Bogaerts and Betts are two of the best Red Sox players this season and they are both just 23 years old.
It would be a foolish move for the Red Sox to trade one of their franchise cornerstones even if it’s for a pitcher like Fernandez. The 23-year-old ace is having a great season with a 9-3 record and an impressive 2.01 ERA in 13 starts.
The Marlins have a good shot at making the postseason as they have a record of 37-33. The main reason why Fernandez can get traded is the fact that he can be a free agent after the 2018 season. His agent, Scott Boras, also has a shaky relationship with the Marlins organization.
Nonetheless, these are all just speculations at this point but it is expected that the Red Sox will go after a starter at the trade deadline. According to MLB Daily Dish, Boston is also linked with starting pitchers such as Gerrit Cole of the Pirates, Julio Teheran of the Braves, Rich Hill of the Athletics and Jeremy Hellickson of the Phillies.
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