July 15, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt (63) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. The Phillies won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
The Boston Red Sox have scouted Colorado Rockies right-hander Rafael Betancourt and could look to acquire the reliever, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
He is having a good season, but given Colorado’s poor season, it looks as if he will become trade bait. The Red Sox have shown interest and have scouted him a few times. They would likely not want to give up prospects for the 37-year-old former Sox farmhand, but could offer an outfielder.
Cafardo notes that the Red Sox could dip into their surplus of outfielders, including Daniel Nava, Scott Podsednik and Ryan Kalish, to acquire Betancourt.
One of the outfielders Boston isn’t reportedly interested in trading this summer is Cody Ross. The 31-year-old is set to become a free agent this winter, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com makes a case for the Red Sox retaining the veteran. For his part, Ross seems to be up for a return.
Should the Red Sox bring Ross back for 2013?