The Boston Red Sox have cemented their fate as they will not be making the playoffs this year, making their position to not sell at the trade deadline even more baffling.
The Boston Red Sox were caught in the middle at the trade deadline as they were both buying and selling. But since the trade deadline, the Red Sox are 2-6, cementing their position in last place. The Red Sox are four games back of the Baltimore Orioles, who were total sellers at the trade deadline.
Barring some huge comeback by the Red Sox and some epic fall by multiple teams in the AL East or in the AL Wild Card picture, in general, the Red Sox will not be making the playoffs this season. Their recent play really makes you look at how they could have done the deadline much better by trading some of their players.
Here are three players that we can’t believe that Red Sox President Chaim Bloom and co. didn’t trade at the trade deadline.
Red Sox: 3 players they should have traded at the trade deadline
1. DH J.D. Martinez
There were a lot of teams that were looking for a bit of a boost at the plate at the trade deadline. With the universal DH, there was a bigger market for strict DHs like J.D. Martinez but the Red Sox decided not to trade him.
On the season, the 2022 All-Star has hit .276/.342/.440 with nine home runs, 44 RBI, and an OPS+ of 115. He wouldn’t have gotten a ton on the trade market since he would be a rental but at least he’d have the opportunity to play for a playoff-contending team this season.
The Red Sox also would have gained some more flexibility in trying out some bats in the DH role. They could be veterans like Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, or Trevor Story (to give them a day of rest from on the field) or even prospects like Triston Casas. But they don’t have that luxury now.