The Trade Deadline is Coming

dealWith just about two weeks remaining before the trade deadline, the Red Sox seem to be laying groundwork for a trade or two. According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox have scouts watching the Chicago White Sox relief pitchers Addison Reed, Matt Thornton, and Matt Lindstrom. Elsewhere, CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the Red Sox also have scouts in Milwaukee to watch the Brewers relief pitchers Francisco Rodriguez, John Axford and Mike Gonzalez. While nothing is for certain, the Red Sox are seemingly prioritizing relief help in the trade market and will probably make a splash of some sort sooner than later. Here is a quick look at these six pitchers’ numbers this year.

Addison Reed: Reed is a 6’4″ twenty-four year old right-handed pitcher. This season he is 4-1 with a 3.92 ERA in 33 innings. In those 33 innings he has struck out 42 while walking just 9.

Matt Thornton: Thornton is a 6’6″ thirty-six year old left-handed pitcher.  This season he is 0-3 with a 4.00 ERA in 27 innings. In those 27 innings Thornton has struck out 20 while walking 10.

Matt Lindstrom: Lindstrom is a 6’3″ thirty-three year old right-handed pitcher. This season he is 2-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 35 innings. In those 35 innings he has struck out 27 while walking 17.

Francisco Rodriguez: Rodriguez is a 6’0″ thirty-one year old right-handed pitcher. This season he is 1-1 with a 1.25 ERA in 21 innings. In those 21 innings he has struck out 25 and walked  just 8. To add to that he is 9 for 9 in save opportunities this year.

John Axford: Axford is a 6′ 5″  30-year-old right-handed pitcher. This season he is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 37 innings. In those 37 innings he has struck out 39 while walking 15.

Mike Gonzalez: Gonzalez is a 6’2″ 35-year-old  left-handed pitcher. This season he is 0-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 31 innings. In those 31 innings he has struck out 40 while walking 17.

All of these pitchers bring something different to the table and depending on what the Red Sox are wanting in a pitcher and how much they want to spend, nearly all of them make sense. Reed is the cream of this crop being just 24 years old and controllable until 2018. However, that also makes him most likely quite expensive. Over the next few weeks one of these pitchers could be suiting up in a Red Sox uniform. Do you like any of these options? If so, who is your pick?

Tyler Moore-MLB Contributor- Title Town Sports

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