According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, it’s a fairly strong possibility.
Heyman discussed the upcoming Aug. 31 trade deadline on a new episode of the “Big Time Baseball” podcast, giving his percentages of certain players getting dealt from teams that are expected to be sellers. That includes the Red Sox, who are a putrid 9-20 on the season and in dire need of pitching help.
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Bogaerts and Martinez, two of Boston’s most beloved sluggers, were the names brought up on the show. Heyman gave his odds of the Red Sox trading Bogaerts or Martinez, and it probably isn’t what Sox fans want to hear.
“[Bogaerts] just signed a five-year deal. He does have an opt-out in a couple of years. So an interesting contract, he’s performing well under difficult circumstances with a bad team,” Heyman said.
“[Chaim Bloom] is willing to trade [Mookie] Betts, so he’s willing to trade anybody. I think that’s fair to say. [Bogaerts] does have a full no-trade [clause] coming up … so I would say Xander Bogaerts has a shot to be traded. I’m going to put that at 20 percent.”
Heyman believes there’s a slightly greater chance of a Martinez deal.
“I would say that J.D. Martinez also has an opt out and makes $19 million a year. That’s a tough contract for a DH,” Heyman said. “It’s not going to be that easy to move him, but I would say it’s a greater likelihood. I’ll go 25 percent for J.D. Martinez.”
A Martinez trade undoubtedly would hurt. The 33-year-old is the heart of the Red Sox lineup and has been like a second hitting coach for his teammates. But dealing Xander Bogaerts? A 27-year-old franchise cornerstone and one of the top shortstops in the game? That likely won’t sit very well with Red Sox Nation.
Like Heyman said though, if Mookie Betts can be dealt, it seems anything can be on the table. Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom already has traded relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree, and it appears there’s plenty more where that came from.
Get your popcorn ready, because all signs point toward it being an eventful trade deadline week in Boston.