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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Jonah Keri: MLB Trade Value, Part 1

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41. Xander Bogaerts (31), 3B/SS, Boston Red Sox
40. Mookie Betts (NR), CF, Boston Red Sox
39. Cole Hamels (NR), SP, Philadelphia Phillies

We’ve already discussed why the Red Sox threw all of that money at Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez: Good bats have become really tough to find, the AL East is there for the taking, and Boston can always shop for arms later. Though the free-agent market for starting pitching remains robust with Max Scherzer, James Shields, and ex-Sox Jon Lester still available, rumors indicate that Boston might attempt to address its pitching needs via a big trade — and no trade candidate has garnered more headlines than Hamels.

The 30-year-old left-hander (who turns 31 on December 27) has been one of the game’s best pitchers for the better part of a decade, ranking fifth in innings pitched, fourth in strikeouts, and ninth in WAR since 2007. He’s durable, he pounds the strike zone, and he carries virtually no platoon split, meaning the Sox or any other team could trade for him without worrying about opponents stacking their lineups with right-handed hitters. Though Hamels is a notch below, say, Kershaw, he’s indisputably an ace.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2014 at 11:41 AM | 39 comment(s)
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