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Report: Red Sox may listen to trade offers for Mookie Betts this offseason

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Report: Red Sox may listen to trade offers for Mookie Betts this offseason

Seeing former AL MVP Mookie Betts in a different uniform would be absolutely heartbreaking for many Red Sox fans, but one MLB insider said it could be a reality on Friday afternoon.

Sources "within the baseball industry" believe that the Red Sox will at least be listening to trade offers for Betts this winter, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

Why would the Red Sox ever trade the face of their franchise and a perennial MVP candidate who's only 26 years old? Morosi noted that Betts has previously shut down contract extension talks, and Boston has the highest payroll in baseball. If the Red Sox pitchers don't age well and continue to struggle, Boston may look to move Betts for pitching and cap relief as well as prospects to improve their barren farm system. 

Morosi floated the Atlanta Braves as a possible suitor in the Betts trade sweepstakes because of their young talent. Outfielder Christian Poche and RHP Ian Anderson are both in the top-35 of Major League prospects. 

Even though the 2019 season has been disappointing for Betts and the Red Sox, the five-tool outfielder has still scored the most runs in the American League. Betts remains a leader in the clubhouse and a stand-up member of the Boston community. He also recently silenced rumors that he doesn't like Boston.

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MLB rumors: Potential Red Sox trade target Marcus Stroman traded to the Mets

MLB rumors: Potential Red Sox trade target Marcus Stroman traded to the Mets

Cross a potential pitching target off the list for the Red Sox at this year's trade deadline. 

According to a report from Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays have agreed to trade Marcus Stroman to the Mets, pending the exchange of medical information. 

Stroman was named to his first All-Star game in 2019 and posted a 2.96 ERA with the Blue Jays over 21 starts and 124.2 innings. Stroman will join a Mets team 11.5 games back in the NL East and six games back in the NL Wild Card race. 

The Red Sox reportedly sent one of their top advisors to Stroman's start against the Tigers on July 19. While Stroman is out of the AL East for now, it does take one potential trade target for Boston off the board. 

The starting rotation's ERA ranks 17th in baseball, and if this weekend's series against the Yankees has taught us anything, it's that this lineup deserves help from the pitchers. 

Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard could be options to bolster the rotation while Kirby Yates and Daniel Hudson represent some possible upgrades in the bullpen. 

The MLB Trade Deadline is at 4 p.m. EST on July 31. 

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