Wish No. 3 – J.D. Martinez joins the Seattle Mariners
The Boston Red Sox are in a very interesting position. Or a better way to put it, the Red Sox are bad for once. In early November, J.D. Martinez decided not to opt-out of his Red Sox contract so he will make $19.375M in 2021 and 2022. But, is it even worth keeping him?
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The Red Sox were terrible in 2020, and I am having a little fun saying that because they have historically been so dominant. The Red Sox era of dominance has sort of come to a close and there are a handful of players on their roster that you would not recognize. With that being said, the Red Sox might be in the process of a rebuild. And I think the Mookie Betts trade is a pretty good indicator.
Boston’s farm system is also not very good, like the Brewers, and are in need of some young talent. Here is one example.
Trade idea No. 1
I think this is a great deal for both parties because the Red Sox need young talent, and have some immediate holes to fill as well. Taylor Trammell could fit nicely into the Red Sox outfield that currently is led by Andrew Benintendi and Alex Verdugo. Those three could be a bright future for Boston.
In addition, they get a great pitching prospect in George Kirby, and also get a solid catching prospect in Cal Raleigh. The Red Sox do not have a good catching prospect in its system, so Raleigh could be valuable. The Mariners would also give up Noelvi Marte who is looking very good. But, the benefit here is that the Mariners get to keep J-Rod and Kelenic, at the expense of several top prospects.
And for the Mariners, Jerry Dipoto gets an All-Star slugger in the DH spot and a veteran starting pitcher who turned his career around. Eovaldi also has a history of pitching out of the pen, so he could be used in several roles as needed. Again, the Mariners are giving up quite a bit, but it is surely worth it for the Mariners. The Red Sox might want one more prospect but I think the trade isn’t too far off.
Santa Claus has been pretty good to me, but I don’t know if he can pull off enough magic for these trades. As I have talked a lot about before, the Seattle Mariners are not quite ready to be making splash deals and blockbuster trades, but they are so close. Jerry Dipoto could be making these type of big trades so soon, and I cannot wait. But we just have to remain a little more patient and dream, like I am.