The Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox are not strangers when it comes to completing blockbuster trades. It was just this past offseason when the White Sox traded Chris Sale to the Red Sox for a package of top prospects, highlighted by Yoan Moncada. While Moncada may have an extremely bright future, Boston has to be incredibly thankful for the results that Sale has provided, as he is on his way to shattering countless strikeout records through the first two months of the 2017 MLB season.
Now, just months later, it appears as if there is at least a few conversations going on between these two teams once again. With the Red Sox looking to make a move in a competitive American League East, and the White Sox looking to continue a promising rebuild by unloading a few more veteran contracts, a match could be made once again, this time involving either Todd Frazier or Jose Quintana, or possibly even both.
Another move of this caliber would make sense for both squads. Pablo Sandoval has once again been an unhealthy disappointment for Boston. While Frazier is not off to a great start, he would likely benefit immediately with a move to Fenway Park. Quintana would also be a huge upgrade in a Red Sox rotation that has been let down as of late by outings from Drew Pomeranz and the season ending injury suffered by Steven Wright. Sale has been dominant, but Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez have been inconsistent, while David Price has yet to make his 2017 major league debut. That has left some holes in the starting rotation, which Quintana could easily fill.
The question is, would the Red Sox part with more prospects to net the likes of Frazier and Quintana? We know that they certainly have the players in their farm system to get a deal done, but it remains to be seen how many of them they would be willing to trade. From the likes of Rafael Devers and Sam Travis, who I doubt would be included in a package for Frazier or Quintana, to Bobby Dalbec and Jay Groome, Boston could pull the trigger on a deal for any number of players who could help them make a strong playoff run this season. But, ultimately, would they mortgage their future for more veterans who may only help them for a season or two?
Dave Dombrowski has never been shy about trading young talent with potential for proven veterans with a strong track record. That is what will make for an interesting trade deadline in Beantown.