Over the weekend, the Boston Globe reported the possibility of Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes being on the trade block. Cespedes was part of the Jon Lester deal with Oakland at the trade deadline.
Oakland wanted to improve its pitching for the stretch run of the season and Boston needed a power hitter for the future. Lester will hit the free-agent market, as expected, and Cespedes might be leaving the Red Sox.
Could the Rangers be a trade partner with the Red Sox?
Cespedes had a slash line of .296/.423/.719 in 213 plate appearances for the Red Sox last season and apparently is balking at moving to right field and wants to play left.
The Rangers, if a deal can be worked out, can accommodate Cespedes and move him to left field. Shin Soo-Choo, the Rangers left fielder in 2014, is a natural right fielder. Choo has 600 career games there and played right 12 times last season.
It seems Cespedes just wasn't happy in pressured-filled Boston. He had a 24-game stretch without a home run and just two RBIs in a 10-game period in September. He did finish the season with a hit in seven of the last eight games, with four multi-hit contests during that stretch.
The interesting thing about Cespedes is the cost. Cespedes' 2015 salary is $10.5 million and if the Rangers want to maintain a payroll of about $133 million for next season, it could fit in what they're trying to do. He becomes a free agent after next season and depending on the type of year he has, his average salary could rise.
What do you give up for Cespedes?
Do you trade Choo, Ryan Rua, or one of those other young pitchers in the farm?
It's hard to say, but the Rangers are always open to exploring ways to improve and this could be one of those ways.