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MLB Rumors: What Red Sox would have to give Mets in Edwin Diaz trade

MLB Rumors: What Red Sox would have to give Mets in Edwin Diaz trade

The Boston Red Sox are looking to buy ahead of Wednesday's MLB trade deadline, and Edwin Diaz reportedly is on their shopping list.

But their apparent interest in the New York Mets' All-Star closer begs the question: What assets in a thin farm system do they have to work with?

ESPN's Buster Olney shared his latest intel Monday by listing two prospects the Red Sox probably would have to part with to wrest Diaz from the Mets.

Casas and Dalbec are the two best prospects Boston has to offer. The 19-year-old Casas already has 17 home runs and 68 RBIs for the Class A Greenville Drive, while the 24-year-old Dalbec won both Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in the Red Sox's 2018 Minor League Awards.

Both are primarily third basemen, though, so the Sox in theory wouldn't mind moving them with 22-year-old Rafael Devers having a breakout season in the majors. The Mets also could use an upgrade at third base over 33-year-old veteran Todd Frazier.

The Red Sox will have plenty of competition, of course: the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays reportedly are also in on Diaz and boast deeper farm systems.

But no team on that shortlist has a higher-rated third base prospect than Dalbec (per MLB.com), so Boston may have a shot at landing the missing piece in their bullpen.

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox interested in Mark Kotsay for managerial opening

MLB Rumors: Red Sox interested in Mark Kotsay for managerial opening

The Boston Red Sox's search for their new manager has been rather slow, but a new candidate may be emerging.

The Red Sox reportedly have an interest in Oakland Athletics quality control coach Mark Kotsay, according to MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo.

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Although Kotsay, 44, a former outfielder who played for the Red Sox in 2008 and '09 in a major league playing career spanning more than 16 years, has no MLB managerial experience, he has worked in the San Diego Padres' front office as well as serving on the Padres and Athletics coaching staffs since retiring in 2013.

After firing Alex Cora earlier this month, the Red Sox have been linked to multiple managerial candidates, including Ron Roenicke, Jason Varitek, Dino Ebel and Joe McEwing. Although Boston is still in the thick of the managerial hunt with spring training approaching in two weeks, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported that the Red Sox are unlikely to make a hire before next week.

 

Mitch Moreland re-signs with Red Sox on one-year deal

Mitch Moreland re-signs with Red Sox on one-year deal

Mitch Moreland will return to Boston for the 2020 season.

The 34-year-old first baseman has re-signed with the Red Sox on a one-year deal with a club option for 2021, the team announced Tuesday. 


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It's a $3 million contract for Moreland, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Moreland missed time with multiple injuries in 2019, hitting .252 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI in 91 games.

To make room for Moreland on the roster, right-hander Denyi Reyes was designated for assignment.