Cubs Rumors: Chicago Eyeing Red Sox Ryan Sweeney?

Jun 2, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Boston Red Sox center fielder Ryan Sweeney (12) before playing against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

A baseball insider suggested the Boston Red Sox are discussing a deal involving outfielder Ryan Sweeney, and the Chicago Cubs are one possible destination, reports Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.

One baseball insider suggested the Red Sox are discussing a deal involving outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who will become more expendable once Jacoby Ellsbury returns to action soon after the All-Star break, and the Chicago Cubs are one possible destination. The Cubs are believed to be listening to offers for two of their starting pitchers: Matt Garza Ryan Dempster. Sweeney would have to be part of a much larger package if either of those pitchers, particularly Garza, went to the Red Sox.

It’s been reported that the Red Sox could look to trade outfielders such as Sweeney, Daniel Nava and Ryan Kalish once Ellsbury and Carl Crawford are activated from the disabled list.

The Red Sox have reportedly been targeting pitching for much of the season, and the Cubs are said to be shopping a pair of starters: Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster.

If Sweeney were involved in a trade for either pitcher, he would likely only be a piece of the package, especially if the deal was for Garza.

The Red Sox acquired Sweeney along with Andrew Bailey from the Oakland Athletics this off-season. Over his first 180 at-bats with Boston, the 27-year-old has hit at a clip of .283/.319/.400 with 17 doubles and 14 RBIs.

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Do the Red Sox need to acquire an established starter?

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