Astros Reportedly Could Look To Land Red Sox Star In Offseason Shake-Up
The Boston Red Sox could end up making some surprising moves this offseason.
Boston needs to shake things up. The Red Sox have finished in last place in the American League East in each of the last two seasons and haven’t won more than 78 games in a campaign since 2021. It sounds like the Red Sox are going to be active this offseason — led by new chief baseball officer Craig Breslow — and that could even mean that some important pieces are traded away.
Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo found his name in trade talks throughout the 2023 season and it sounds like chatter is going to pick back up this offseason and one team that could have interest is the Houston Astros, according to MLB Trade Rumors Nick Deeds.
“Houston was one of the teams linked to the Red Sox at the trade deadline, and it’s easy to see why given the club’s desire to acquire a left-handed outfielder to complement Jake Meyers and Chas McCormick, given the uncertain health situation of veteran Michael Brantley at the time,” Deeds said.”It stands to reason that the club’s interest in Verdugo would continue into this offseason, with Brantley set to hit free agency and leave an opening in the club’s left field mix.
Verdugo would provide quality defense in left field and complement the right-handed bats of McCormick and Meyers alongside fellow lefty Kyle Tucker, who figures to play every day in right.”
The Red Sox outfielder has been linked to the Astros in the past and a move could make sense. Boston needs starting pitching depth and a deal centered around Verdugo could help bring in a serviceable arm plus and likely multiple prospects. It’s too early to tell, but there are sure to be rumors.