Boston Red Sox interested in trade for Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier?

After winning the 2013 World Series, the Boston Red Sox have largely stayed out of the fray this off-season. They let Jacoby Ellsbury go to the New York Yankees, stayed out of the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes, and have just generally been pretty quiet.

They did bring back Mike Napoli and sign A.J. Pierzynski, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the team will continue to explore trades to replace Ellsbury in center field, specifically with the Los Angeles Dodgers:

I believe that at some point, one of the Dodgers outfielders will be weeded out, whether it be Matt Kemp once he’s healthy or Ethier. What people don’t realize about Ethier is that he’s not a bad center fielder, so if you felt Jackie Bradley needed more seasoning, Ethier could also play center.”

Ethier is actually a pretty bad center fielder. In 2013 he played 645.1 innings out there and was good for a -1.8 UZR according to FanGraphs. It’s not so awful, however, that a team couldn’t get by with him out there. For example, Shin-Soo Choo and his -16.9 UZR in center field makes Ethier look like a gold glover.

Cafardo also writes that he believes the Red Sox have tried to engage the Miami Marlins in trade talks for Giancarlo Stanton, but like everybody else, were told to go away. So for now there is still only quiet coming from Boston, but there’s plenty of time for that to change.

Topics: Andre Ethier, Boston Red Sox, Matt Kemp

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  • JMonroe

    No No No…please stop pushing this idea.

    • Hayden Kane

      I mean no disrespect when I tell you that I really enjoyed that reaction, JMonroe. What do you think their plan should be in CF?

      • JMonroe

        Jackie Bradley Jr deserves a chance. A trade for Kemp would not happen till July to see if he is healthy. Kemp has had a lot of surgeries the last few years. Either does not seem like he has the work ethic for the current Sox clubhouse. Victorino can play center and they can platoon the corners with Nava, Carp, Bradley, Gomes, Brentz and maybe even give Betts a chance out there as well. Its time to see what some of these young guys can do.

        • Hayden Kane

          Good points – and of course they can hope that things click for JBJ and then they won’t need to consider that kind of trade.

  • Willy

    I doubt they would really want Ethier. What they are really looking for is a RHH outfielder. They really like the kid from S.D. but the Padres either want too much or dont want to trade him.

    • Hayden Kane

      Thanks for the comment, Willy. I’m with you in that I can’t imagine them wanting Ethier – I found it interesting that Cafardo suggested that as a reasonable course of action. You’re right that the Padres aren’t interested in trading Chris Denorfia, so it very well might be that Jackie Bradley Jr will get his chance.

  • Harry Baxter

    This story has been circulating for at least 4 months. It was absurd then, and it’s absurd now. Both of these guys are overpaid and injury-prone. Were you on another planet, and missed the reports of the other uninformed “talking heads”?

    • Hayden Kane

      Well, Harry, my response would be a lot more interesting if I was on another planet. This article was in response to something Cafardo wrote yesterday (1/14/14), so I disagree that it’s absurd or outdated as you suggest.

      I do understand, though, if Red Sox fans are not interested in either guy as an option.

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