With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaching, the Boston Red Sox could find themselves as sellers and buyers. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has updates on one current Red Sox player who’s garnering trade interest, outfielder Cody Ross, and a player from outside the organization that’s been tied to Boston this summer, Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza:
Major League source: A lot of interest in Cody Ross but Red Sox not interested in moving him unleSs there was a ton coming back.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 20, 2012
Source: Red Sox lagging behind a few teams in matt garza hunt. Not all sox personnel feel garza would be an upgrade over what they have.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 20, 2012
Ross has been beyond impressive this season for the Red Sox. In his first year with the club, the 31-year-old has hit at a clip of .274/.348/.570 with 16 doubles, one triple and 16 home runs.
With the return of Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox have several outfielders who could be viewed as expendable this summer. While Ross will be a free agent after the season, he has hinted that he’d be interested in re-signing with the Red Sox.
While most of the trade buzz is currently surrounding Garza’s rotation-mate Ryan Dempster, the 28-year-old figures to garner his share of attention as we edge closer to the end of the month. Over his 17 starts for Chicago this season, Garza has posted an ERA and WHIP of 4.02 and 1.172.
Should the Red Sox be open to trading Ross?