Boston Red Sox: Blake Swihart
When it comes to the Boston Red Sox, they look like a team that is going to win over 100 games this season. The problem with that is, the New York Yankees also look like they are going to go into triple-digits in wins as well, so one of these teams are going to go into the playoffs as a Wild Card team.
The play for both organizations are to make moves to bolster their roster during the trade deadline, as it could be only one piece of the puzzle that makes all the difference. The Red Sox have already struck first, trading with the Toronto Blue Jays for slugging first baseman Steve Pearce last week.
If there is one player on the Red Sox who could be traded at the deadline it is utility player, Blake Swihart. The catcher, outfielder, and infielder was supposed to play a big role in the lineup when Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment, but his bat has just not done the job since getting more time.
This Red Sox roster is loaded, but they could use help in the bullpen. Craig Kimbrel is one of the best closers in all of baseball, but getting to him has been a journey in itself for the team through the first couple of months of the season.
Swihart is by no means an All Star caliber player, but he does a bunch of things very well, and could bring back at least a reliever. The Red Sox are going to make a serious run this season, and with Pearce’s right handed bat in the lineup, Swihart is definitely expendable at the trade deadline.