Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Is Strasburg An 'Outside The Box' Red Sox Trade Target?

(USAToday Sports)
There's been a lot of talk recently about the Red Sox possibly getting their rotation ace via the trade route rather than free agency. It makes sense. Boston has a lot of prospect chips to deal and might be able to land a Sonny Gray or Carlos Carrasco or even a Matt Harvey in a swap. But, what about a guy the Washington Nationals are rumored to be shopping: one Stephen Strasburg? Sure, he's not the "Next Great Thing" he was a few years ago—but he's still only 27 and pretty damned good. He still throws gas, has a WAR of 3.4, strikes out a ton of batters and walks virtually nobody. He has had a problem with durability—he's hurled 200 innings only once in his career—and he's a free agent after 2016. Plus, when he gets into a pitching funk, he inexplicably gives up a lot of hits. But, still, he's got a career mark of 54-37 with a 3.09 ERA. And, the guy has struck out 901 batters in 776 2/3 innings. He'd be the best pitcher on the Red Sox roster—by far. And we might be able to get him for less than some of the other trade candidates. Oh, and did I mention that The Evil Ones are lusting after him? Just a thought.