Wednesday, January 21, 2015

REPORT: Sox Preparing Trade For Zimmermann

Jordan Zimmermann
According to a report on BaseballHotCorner.comthe Red Sox are "prepared to make a move" to acquire Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann in a trade. Reportedly, the pool of players that are involved include: Allen Craig, Joe Kelly, Garin CecchiniJackie Bradley Jr. and Matt Barnes. If the report is accurate, it means that Ben Cherington could get one of the best right-handed starters in baseball and not give up Boston's two best prospects (Mookie Betts and Blake Swihart). Losing Barnes, Bradley, Jr. and Cecchini would hurt—but there is enough depth at each of their positions to justify this kind of move. The soon-to-be 29-year old Zimmermann (May 23rd) has a career ERA of 3.24 over six MLB seasons. He has a record of 57-40 and has made 32 starts in each of the last three years. He pitched a no-hitter in his final start of 2014—a season in which he put up a 2.66 ERA and 182 strikeouts. Stay tuned.