Red Sox Notes: Eovaldi, Vazquez, Martinez, Mets, Vientos

As the Red Sox proceed to battle, it appears more and more doubtless that the crew will probably be offered in some capability on the commerce deadline, even when the likes of Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers aren’t going anyplace. Reports from earlier this week advised that the Sox had been already open to affords for JD Martinezand The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier (Twitter hyperlinks) hears from a National League evaluator that catcher Christian Vazquez is also obtainable. The Sox appear to be “listening to veterans” normally, The New York Post’s Jon Heyman tweets.

Both Martinez and Vazquez are free brokers after the 12 months, so it could appear pure that the Red Sox would first look to maneuver these shorter-term gamers with the deadline looming. Other pending free brokers included Jackie Bradley Jr. (whose mutual choice for 2023 is prone to be declined), a number of injured gamers like Rich Hill, Michael Wacha, Enrique Hernandezand so on Matt Strahmplus the potential greatest commerce chip of the starter Nathan Eovaldi.

However, Speier writes that Bostondoes not appear motivated to deal Eovaldi, seeing him as a part of any push to contend” into August, if the Red Sox can shake out of their droop. That stated, if the Luis Castillo commerce now turns intoan accelerant to the remainder of the pitching market,” it’s value questioning if the Sox may see a possibility to maneuver Eovaldi for an enormous return.

Of be aware, the Mets had a scout eventually night time’s Red Sox recreation, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reviews. The Mets are recognized to be taking a look at catching and lineup upgrades, so Vazquez and Martinez would every make sense — Martinez specifically might assist the Mets clear up their season-long lack of manufacturing on the DH spot. As to what New York might provide in return, Rosenthal notes that the Sox had a previous curiosity in it Dominic Smithwho would match the crew’s need to land huge leaguers again in trades (including to the concept that Boston remains to be hoping to make a late playoff run).

A participant on the cusp of the majors might additionally match Boston’s mannequin, with SNY’s Andy Martino suggesting that Mets infield prospect Mark Vientos might be of curiosity in commerce talks. In truth, Martino reviews that the Mets and Red Sox as soon as “critically mentioned” a deal that will have despatched Vazquez to Queens in trade for a prospect package deal that included Vientos. The precise timing of those particular talks involving Vientos is not recognized, however the Mets reportedly seemed into Vazquez previous to the 2020 commerce deadline.

Vientos was a second-round decide for the Mets within the 2017 draft, and the 22-year-old has a formidable 21 residence runs and a .263/.351/.516 slash line over 348 plate appearances at Triple-A Syracuse. Baseball America ranks Vientos because the fourth-best prospect in New York’s farm system, praising his 60-grade energy and throwing arm and noting that he has an opportunity to stay at third base, even when some evaluators suppose a transfer to first base will ultimately be vital.

For all of Vientos’ potential, he’s usually seen as a step under the true higher tier of Mets prospects, so New York might maybe be extra apt to maneuver him for fast assist (even for a rental like Martinez or Vazquez) given how aggressively the Mets are chasing a World Series title this 12 months. It cannot be dominated out that some form of multi-player settlement might be struck, with each Martinez and Vazquez heading to Queens in trade for a greater prospect return.

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