Will Middlebrooks has probably heard the rumors, too. Almost every discussed Red Sox deal has included the young third baseman as—at the very least—an option. Despite his struggles earlier this year, he has shown that he can be productive at the big league level. That has value for a lot of teams. So, it's probably no surprise that Middlebrooks recently told the Providence Journal's Tim Britton that he wants to keep his Carmine Hose. Said Middlebrooks, "I've been with them since I was 18. Everyone in this organization means a lot to me. I'd love to stay here and play my career here. I mean, everybody wants to play in the Bostons, the New Yorks, the Phillys—with the big-market teams, to win on that stage....You want to be on that team that everyone wants to beat." If he isn't dealt, Middlebrooks might have another opportunity in Boston before the year is out. With Jose Iglesias coming back to Earth a bit, a potent right-handed bat on the left side of the infield would be very welcome.