Thursday, October 16, 2014

Is Jason Heyward On The Red Sox Trade Radar?

(Photo By Justin Edmonds)
Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe (AKA John Henry's Journalistic Plaything) writes that Atlanta's Jason Heyward is "definitely a name that’s come up" in Red Sox trade musings. Heyward is a classic case of the "can't miss" guy who has—in fact—mostly missed so far in his career. The 26-year old Heyward is a .262 career hitter, who averages 20 HRs a year and 69 RBIs. Not exactly MVP numbers. In 2014, he hit just 11 HRs. So, could he be a "David Ortiz-Like" acquisition, as some have opined? Possibly. Heyward is an incredibly athletic player who could still turn it around. He could probably be had for Yoenis Cespedes (who has just one year left on his contract). Then again, Heyward is also in the final year of his contract—and is slated to make $7.8 million. Cespedes turns 29 in two days and is owed $10.5 million next year. It's certainly an interesting trade to ponder—although Boston would probably need another player back.