Trades the Boston Red Sox Should Already Be Thinking About

Brian RoachCorrespondent IApril 23, 2013

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 10:  Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox leaves the batting cage before a game with the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on April 10, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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It may be only 20 games into the season, but there already some trades that the Boston Red Sox should be thinking about. These trades revolve around an everyday player and a reliever who is just not necessary on this team anymore.


Trade Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew has struggled so far in a Red Sox uniform with a .121 average, one RBI and a .237 OBP. He is able to draw the walk and is starting to drive the ball, but he is not worth the $9.5 million they signed him for in the offseason.

The 30-year-old is starting to drive the ball better in recent games, but he needs to at least hit .250 to stay with this team.

The Red Sox need to think about trading the veteran shortstop for some relief prospects somewhere in the NL. Several NL and even AL squads could use a solid shortstop who can play some defense and get on base a lot. He is currently hitting the worst of any shortstop with any at-bats in 2013.

Plus, Jose Iglesias is staying hot in Pawtucket and his glove is more than major league ready, so that only adds to the struggles of Drew at short.


Trade Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller has struggled, and with guys such as Franklin Morales and Craig Breslow almost ready to come back, the lefty will likely be sent down to Triple-A.

The 27-year-old needs a more solidified role to remain on this team. He was not built to be just a one-inning guy, but has the stuff to be a fifth starter on a team and also a long-relief guy in the middle innings.

He lost the game Sunday night for the Red Sox by walking in a run and stands at 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four innings of work in seven games. He has walked six while striking seven.

The best deal the Sox could make with Miller is looking for another reliever in return or maybe some infield prospect in Single-A from a team in the NL who is looking for a sturdy, free-flowing lefty out of the pen.