Four Players The Red Sox Should Trade

Garin Cecchini

Garin Cecchini #70 Boston Red Sox slides head first back into first base during the seventh inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium on March 11, 2014 in Sarasota, Florida. The Red Sox defeated the Orioles 6-5.

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Another player who may draw surprise (or ire) as a potential trade candidate, is Garin Cecchini. But like Bradley, the 23-year-old Cecchini fits most of the criteria of the other trade candidates on this list despite his youth, affordability and upside. Cecchini never reached the same standing in the eyes of scouts that Bradley did, but though he was not as well-regarded he perhaps offers more upside offensively. At the start of his minor league career he flashed speed stealing 50 bases in his debut season, and although those numbers have slowed, his large 6’3″ frame and terrific bat speed from the left side of the plate offer scouts a talent evaluators a glimpse of a power surge.

But Cecchini comes with defensive limitations. Despite starting as a middle infielder, there remain questions as to whether he can achieve even modest success as a third baseman. This may have been the catalyst for Ben Cherington’s spending spree on a better defender in Sandoval to play alongside the questionable defensive shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Now blocked by Sandoval (and Ramirez in left field), Cecchini is an interesting trade chip given that he comes major league ready but has not had the chance to succeed or fail at the big league level. He can be immediately plugged into a lineup however and has room to grow into an everyday offensive contributor. It may seem bold to be considering trades of the youngsters Bradley and Cecchini, but it also is important that the Red Sox avoid holding onto the players for too long as they did with Middlebrooks, and where they are unlikely to see time at the major league level the time to strike may be sooner rather than later.

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