The Best Candidates to Upgrade the Red Sox Rotation

#8 Option: The Pipe Dream – Johnny Cueto

Source: Jon Durr/Getty Images North America

Source: Jon Durr/Getty Images North America

There is, at the present moment, no reason for the Cincinnati Reds to trade Johnny Cueto. They are sitting in 3rd place in the National League Central Division with a 17-17 record and until their playoff hopes begin to dwindle, president and general manager Walt Jocketty will not trade his superstar pitcher. There have been trade rumors swirling around Cueto since the offseason, but to this point the Reds have been staunchly opposed to moving Cueto despite knowing they will be unable to retain him once he hits free agency. That will almost certainly change by the trade deadline and it is entirely possible the Red Sox have Cueto on their radar.

The team has been unwilling to sign pitchers to big contracts after they hit 30, but the 29-year-old Cueto could appeal to them as a player they could trade for and then sign to a super extension to front their rotation for the next seven years. As Cueto is an impending free agent, he shouldn’t require a blue chip prospect like Yoan Moncada, Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart or Xander Bogaerts either (think about the return the Red Sox got for Lester/Lackey).

2015 Stats: 2.98 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 1.4 BB/9

Probability: Very Low

Impact: Very High

Risk: Medium

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