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MLB trade deadline tracker: Latest news on players tied to Red Sox

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MLB trade deadline tracker: Latest news on players tied to Red Sox

If the Red Sox become buyers ahead of the MLB trade deadline, who will they be shopping for? Here's an updated look at the players reportedly on their radar ahead of July 31.

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MLB Rumors: Could Jose Abreu be a trade deadline target for Red Sox?

MLB Rumors: Could Jose Abreu be a trade deadline target for Red Sox?

The Boston Red Sox will always be a candidate to make a splash at the MLB trade deadline as long as Dave Dombrowski is calling the shots.

And a longtime favorite of Dombrowski's could be on the market this year.

The Red Sox are one of "a few teams" monitoring the availability of Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Forbes' Phil Rogers reported Thursday night.

Dombrowski, who previously worked with the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central, has pursued Abreu before, as Boston reportedly was in "active talks" with Chicago for Abreu during the 2017 offseason and was one of four finalists to sign the slugger before he re-upped with the White Sox in 2016.

The Red Sox also have a need at first base; they're hitting a combined .239 at the position with a subpar .749 OPS, as injuries to Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce have forced Michael Chavis to platoon at first.

As Rogers notes, the 32-year-old Abreu may not have much appeal as a rental, and it's unclear whether the Red Sox and their depleted farm system would even have enough assets to pull off a deal.

But if they're looking to shake things up at the trade deadline, adding a guy like Abreu who's good for 30 home runs and 100 RBIs a season (he has 21 homers and 66 RBIs through 92 games this year) is certainly enticing.

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Report: White Sox unlikely to trade Abreu in offseason

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Report: White Sox unlikely to trade Abreu in offseason

Scratch another Red Sox offseason target off the list?

Ken Rosenthal of TheAthletic.com and FOX Sports reported that the Chicago White Sox are unlikely to trade first baseman Jose Abreu this offseason.

Note: The Abreu item is part of a notes column that readers need an Athletic.com subscription to see all of. 

Abreu had been rumored to be a trade target of the Red Sox as they search for a power bat this winter. Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was reportedly someone the White Sox were interested in acquiring.

Abreu, the Cuban emigre who turns 31 in January, hit .304 with 33 homers and 102 RBI last season and has consistently hit above .290 with 30 homers and 100 RBI in his four seasons in Chicago. He's arbitration eligible for the next two seasons before he hits free agency in 2020. He made $10.8 million last year. 

The White Sox and Red Sox last winter pulled off the blockbuster deal that sent lefty ace Chris Sale to Boston for third-base prospect Yoan Moncada and pitching prospect Michael Kopech. The winter meetings begin Sunday in Orlando.