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Report: Red Sox, Cubs have talked Anthony Rizzo trade

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Anthony Rizzo is on the Boston Red Sox' radar.

The Chicago Cubs have had "preliminary conversations" with the Red Sox about a trade involving their veteran first baseman, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday.

Passan noted the market for Rizzo ahead of Friday's MLB trade deadline is "not robust" and listed only the Milwaukee Brewers as another potential suitor for the 31-year-old. Rizzo will be a free agent after the season, so he'd be a half-year rental.

Tomase: If Cubs are blowing it up, Sox should bring Rizzo home

Still, the three-time All-Star is an intriguing trade target for the Red Sox, who have struggled with offensive production at first base. Boston's first basemen -- led by Bobby Dalbec -- have hit a combined .219 with a .649 OPS this season, the worst among all positions on the team.

While Rizzo is hitting just .248 this season, his .787 OPS with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs through 90 games would be a power upgrade from the left side, and he's one of the best fielders in the game with four Gold Gloves to his name.

More importantly, Rizzo -- who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2007 -- is an experienced postseason player who racked up nine hits and five RBIs in the 2016 World Series to help the Cubs win their first championship since 2016.

Even with Chris Sale set to return, the Red Sox' biggest need is still starting pitching, as Nathan Eovaldi is the only starter with an ERA below 4.00.

 

But if chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom can land Rizzo without giving up Boston's best prospects, the 11-year veteran could be a valuable piece on a strong Red Sox team with title aspirations.