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The Red Sox should consider trading these prospects for proven MLB talent

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Trade or keep? How the Red Sox Should Go Ahead Makes the Best Expectations appeared in the original NBC Sports Boston

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Chaim Blum took an anti-Dave Dombrowski approach to lead Boston red socks Front Office: Revamp the farm system and deal shop for the major league roster.

This strategy propelled Boston from the worst farm system in the league in 2019 to Ranked farm system 11 In 2022, All Baseball America. While this is encouraging for the future of the franchise, Bloom and Co. They find themselves at a crossroads with their precious prospects this season.

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After finishing in the bottom two in the American League East in the past three years, the Red Sox need to find a way to compete in 2023. And given how confusing this free agent class is, the best course of action might be to explore a blockbuster trade or two. Bloom has made this much easier since his arrival by stocking the farm system with talented players. The question was whether he could bear the idea of ​​using his higher horizons as trading paper.

Hesitation to break up with youngsters like Marcelo Mayer, Triston Casas, Brian Bellew And Miguel Bliss is understandable. They have the potential to be MLB talent for generations. Unless Boston gets blown up with a show that includes a certified star, these are the odds they should stick with. After that, it should be open season.

Here are a few of the best Red Sox prospects who could be used as trading chips in a massive off-season deal (all ratings via SoxProspects.com):

Sedan Rafaela, UTIL

order of odds: No. 4

There is no doubt that parting with Rafaela can sting. The 5-foot-8, 152-pound superman was the Red Sox’ Minor League MVP of 2022. Mookie Pets The comparisons are over the top, but all signs point to Rafaela’s development into a perpetual Gold Glover and every possible superstar.

With Rafaela’s roof up, it’s time to cash in on his inventory. The 22-year-old will come off a season in which he batted 0.299/.342/.539 with 21 homers, 86 RBI, and 28 stolen bases between High-A Greenville and Double-A Portland. Previously, he had never posted an OPS higher than 0.729 in a career.

Rafaela should only be transferred to a proven positional player who has Team Control or a True Ace. If an offer like that was on the table, Bloom shouldn’t hesitate.

Nick York, 2b

order of odds: no 5

York was Raffaella this time last year. The 2020 first-round pick was the Little League Player of the Year in 2021 with Low-A Salem and High-A Greenville. He had a .325/.412/.516 streak with 14 homers and 62 RBI in 97 games.

His production fell off a ramp in 2022. In 80 games at High-A, York saw his numbers drop to .232/.303/.365 with 11 hits and 45 RBI.

Despite a lackluster season, York still had to yield a star player in the right trade package. He appears to be a prime candidate to be moved away from the season if Bloom is serious about building his Win Now list.

Brian Mata, RHP

order of odds: No. 6

Mata returned from Tommy John rehabilitation in 2022, posting a 7-3 record with a 2.49 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) between both Red Sox minor leagues. If all goes well this season, the 23-year-old could find himself on the big league roster in 2023.

With a triple-digit fastball combined with a wicked slider, Mata should be an attractive option for rebuilding teams. Maybe he can actually break the middle to back of the starting rotation at some MLB club. It’s Boston’s best potential trading chip outside of Bello’s.

Brandon Walter, LHP

order of odds: number 8

Walter is entering his season at the age of 26, so he may not have the same charisma as some of the smaller guns on this list. However, he is a promising left fielder who has done nothing but impress with his career.

In each of his last two seasons, Walter has posted a WHIP under 1.00. He struck out 68 batters and walked only three last year in nine games with Double-A Portland.

Like Matta, Walter is one of Boston’s best trading chips when discussing shooters, and every team is looking for capable guns.

Chris Murphy, LHP

order of odds: No. 12

Murphy, like Mata, should make his big-league debut in 2023. The 24-year-old Southpaw was added to the 40-man roster earlier this month (along with Walter) and is likely to start the season next.

Going into Round 6 in 2019, Murphy has shown his dirty stuff at every minor league level over the past two years. He has a mid-90s fastball to go along with a bad curveball and a devastating, sliding changeup. Although he’s not overpowering, he does have enough in his stack to tie hitters in knots. Murphy joins Mata and Walter as arms outside Bello who will make the biggest return in the trade market.

Jordan Blaze, 3B/1B

order of odds: No. 16

Jordan is still at least two years away from smelling the major championships. It’s an uncommon potential that deals massive damage to the board but still has ways to defend itself. And while strength cannot be denied, his discipline will be under a microscope as he rises through the ranks of the minor leagues.

All that said, Jordan’s ability to be a solid player in the league should make him a valuable business chip. The 19-year-old, who made a name for himself by whining His high school Home Run Derbys, comparisons to ex-Mark Trumbo and Matt Holliday. The Red Sox may want to take advantage of that hype while they can.

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