Middlebrooks struggled mightily during the 2013 campaign – eventually being demoted to the minor leagues. But the young third baseman rebounded amid trade rumors, though, those whispers still remain.
Despite that, the Marlins would likely have to part with slugger Giancarlo Stanton in exchange for Middlebrooks, a deal that is unlikely to happen according to Nick Cafardo:
Teams ask about Middlebrooks, but the Red Sox haven’t pulled the trigger, feeling Middlebooks has power and they’d hate to lose that. The Marlins have asked a lot about Middlebrooks, but there’s no clear match unless it’s part of a Giancarlo Stanton deal, which isn’t happening.
Moving Middlebrooks would essentially be a blockbuster deal of some sort, so expecting anything to happen is relatively unlikely. Boston would still be able to find enough at-bat’s for Middlebrooks, even if they re-signed Stephen Drew.