The Red Sox are listening to trade offers for Blake Swihart. They are not willing to part with the benchwarmer for a small cost.
People familiar with some trade discussions described the Red Sox’ asking price as unreasonable for a player who isn’t playing and may be an odd man out when Dustin Pedroia returns in the near future.
“Hard to find a trade partner when you’re asking for some of teams' best prospects,” said a talent evaluator with one team that has talked to the Sox about Swihart.
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Swihart’s agent said last week that he has asked Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to trade Swihart, who, barring a change of heart, likely will only get a look on this year’s Sox team if there’s an injury to Sandy Leon or Christian Vazquez.
In a head-scratching scenario overall, the Sox' strategy with Swihart may be to create a bidding war by designating him for assignment when Pedroia returns. At that point, teams can be assured he'll be traded imminently.
One of the biggest question marks of the Red Sox' offseason is the future of J.D. Martinez. Will he or won't he opt out of his contract and test the free-agent waters yet again?
If he does, Boston is put into a tough position. There aren't a whole lot of guys out there -- if any -- who can step right into Martinez's DH slot and put up numbers anything close to the 2018 World Series champion's level of production.
If Martinez indeed decides to sign elsewhere (the White Sox, perhaps?), the Sox could be left scrambling for a cheap short-term replacement off the open market. Here's a look at the top options this winter:
Former Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling is reportedly interested in returning to the game of baseball.
Schilling is interested in interviewing for the Phillies manager position as well as the Red Sox pitching coach gig according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
Schilling has been an outspoken figure since retiring from baseball in 2009. He was brought in as an analyst by ESPN shortly after his playing days, but was fired in 2016 for making offensive posts on Facebook
There's no word yet if Boston is interested in letting Schilling interview for the position. The 52-year-old has no prior coaching experience.
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