The Red Sox are most in search of help in the bullpen, that much is clear based on what reports and insiders said of their past week at the MLB Winter Meetings.
However, it has also been reported that they're looking to get younger in their rotation and have interest in a young, hard-throwing, dominant, under-team-control starting pitcher.
This reads very much like Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard, who has been the subject of countless trade rumors dating back to early November.
Red Sox fans first became enamored with Syndergaard after watching him slice their team up for seven scoreless innings in September last season. Syndergaard later took to Twitter raving about his experience pitching in the legendary Fenway Park, at which point Red Sox fans immediately started dreaming up trade scenarios that would send Thor up north...
Syndergaard revealed that pitching in the historic ballpark was a childhood dream of his, and wraps up by praising the franchise and the city of Boston.
"Fenway was a surreal ballpark to pitch in," he wrote. "From a childhood dream perspective, as visiting pitcher on a team and a city I love," which he followed with, "#DontFreakOut."
At the time, Sox fans and media seemed to be fantasizing about a deal centered around 22-year-old 3B Rafael Devers, who had been the organization's top prospect at the time.
In his first full big-league season in 2018, Devers hit just .240 with a .298 OBP and 21 home runs, while striking out just under 25 percent of his plate appearances. He is projected by FanGraphs.com to be a 2.5 WAR player in 2019.
However, two months later, and after a World Series victory, multiple reports have the Red Sox open to trading SS Xander Bogaerts, who is expected to earn around $12 million in 2019, after which he will be a free agent. Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is also reportedly available and under contract through 2020.
To move either player, the Sox would need to be 'blown away,' according to NBC Sports Boston's Evan Drellich, who downplayed reports that Boston is actively shopping either player.
Meanwhile, the Marlins continue to press the Mets for Amed Rosario in talks for C J.T. Realmuto. Miami also wants a second big-league player, such as Brandon Nimmo. In either case, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is unwilling to include Rosario either because he has a ton of faith in Rosario's future, or like he has said in the past, he doesn't want to create one hole on the roster (shortstop) by filling another hole (catcher).
I think you see where I'm going with this...
Assuming Van Wagenen is truly down for trading Syndergaard -- and I'm not convinced that he is -- swapping Thor for Bogaerts and a prospect would allow the Mets to send Rosario to the Marlins for Realmuto. Or, in the case of Bradley Jr., it would allow Van Wagenen to comfortably trade Nimmo, or even Michael Conforto for Realmuto.
To be clear, I have not heard any of the above in reality. It's all fan fiction and fantasy GM'ing, but it makes enough sense to me that I hope it's something both teams explore. Because, at its core, it has the potential to meet the needs of the Mets and Red Sox, as well as the Marlins.
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