5 players who should already be on the trading block

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Tommy Gilligan – USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox appeared to be heading into the 2022 season with a few veteran names added to their young roster.

In fourth place in the AL East with a 9-14 record, the Boston Red Sox will have to make some changes to their roster if they hope to move up in a race among one of baseball’s busiest divisions. That could still be a lot to ask for as the club have only won three of their last ten games.

It’s a terrible start to the season.

An outbreak of Covid-19 cases combined with a few pitchers who had to skip a trip to Toronto due to their decision not to get vaccinated against the virus, as required for players entering Canada, underscored the need for the Red Sox to have more as they go through the season.

That said, it will take a long time for the Red Sox to make the changes needed to make a difference. This is going to require significant activity as we get closer to the trade deadline in July.

Let’s take a look at some of the players the Red Sox should have on the trading block in July.

5. It may be time for the Red Sox to trade Alex Verdugo

Verdugo has a one-year contract worth $3.55 million with the Red Sox. He will be eligible for arbitration in 2023 with his free agency starting in 2025. He is a young left fielder with two defensive points saved so far this season.

Verdugo hits .238/.278/.375 with a wRC of +79. In 22 games, he hit three homers, two doubles, six walks, two intentional walks, four sacrifice flies, five runs and 13 RBIs. He has a 7.8 strikeout percentage and a 6.7 walk percentage.

A team looking for a good young outfielder who is decent at the base, can bet on Verdugo.

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