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MLB Rumors: This Red Sox rival interested in Paul Goldschmidt trade

MLB Rumors: This Red Sox rival interested in Paul Goldschmidt trade

The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions, and you can bet their top rivals in the American League won't sit idly by as the Sox enjoy the spoils of victory.

The New York Yankees, who were eliminated from the 2018 MLB playoffs by the Red Sox in the ALDS, acquired starting pitcher James Paxton in a trade with the Seattle Mariners on Monday. The Houston Astros, whose title defense ended at the hands of the Red Sox in the ALCS, also are looking to bolster their roster.

Here's the latest on Houston's pursuit of another power bat, via The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal:

Goldschmidt would be a big upgrade to an already stacked Astros lineup that features the likes of Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa.

The Astros had the best ERA in the AL last season, but starters Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel both are free agents this winter. If one or both of them leave, the Astros probably would need to add at least another starter via trade or free agency. In that scenario, it might be wiser to save the valuable trade assets needed to acquire Goldschmidt and use them to get a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.

On the other hand, a talent like Goldschmidt is hard to pass up. The 31-year-old first baseman has hit at least .290 with 30-plus home runs in each of the last six seasons for the Diamondbacks. He is signed through the 2019 season for a modest $14.5 million. 

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Red Sox' Rafael Devers sets new single-season record for most RBI vs. Blue Jays

Red Sox' Rafael Devers sets new single-season record for most RBI vs. Blue Jays

Rafael Devers is a certified Blue Jays killer.

The Red Sox third baseman has punished the AL East foe all season long, and he continued that trend in Wednesday night's matchup going 3-for-4 with four RBI.

That gives Devers 25 total RBI vs. the Blue Jays this year, passing David Ortiz (2005) for most by a player against Toronto in a single season. Wildly enough, Devers' mark is likely to increase as he'll get to face the Blue Jays four more times in 2019.

That isn't Devers' only impressive stat vs. Toronto. The 22-year-old's seven home runs against the Blue Jays are the third-most in a season by a Red Sox player, trailing only Manny Ramirez (9 in 2001) and J.D. Martinez (8 in 2018).

The Blue Jays will be happy to have a break from Devers after the two teams wrap up their series on Thursday night. After that, they'll next see him again in Toronto on September 10.

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: David Price feud with Dennis Eckersley resurfaces

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: David Price feud with Dennis Eckersley resurfaces

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01:10: David Price made some comments about his now longtime feud with Dennis Eckersley. John Tomase reacts to his comments, and what the timing could say about his contract with the Red Sox. 

10:05: After Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter had their first press conference as Celtics today, Danny Ainge revealed exactly when he had a good idea that Kyrie was leaving. Phil Perry Chris Forsberg, and Chris Gasper react. 

13:58: The Revolution beat Vancouver handily, 4-0 and Gustavo Bou makes his debut with a goal. Paul Mariner and Brad Feldman speak with head coach, Bruce Arena after the game to get his thought on the win, as well as the success since he has come to New England. 

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