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Red Sox are scouting, Phillies are willing to trade

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According to reports, the Boston Red Sox have been actively scouting the Phillies for the better part of three weeks, looking for possible help to improve their team:

Though it is unclear as of now just who or what Boston may be interested in, numerous sources have indicated that Boston is looking for help in the outfield. Additionally, the Red Sox could use some rotation help after Jon Lester and John Lackey.

The Red Sox rotation has been disappointing to this point. Clay Buchholz holds a 7.02 ERA through 10 starts, Jake Peavy currently sits at 4.76, and Felix Doubront is at 5.12. They have gotten some key contributions from Brandon Workman (3.74 ERA through three starts and six appearances) and Rubby de la Rosa (2.84 ERA in two starts), so they are not without options.

In the outfield, though, the Red Sox continue to look for solutions, particularly in the wake of Shane Victorino's health status from week to week. Jonny Gomes has posted a 100 wRC+ on the year, but the rest of the outfield has been less than effective:

Jackie Bradley Jr: .203/.286/.294, 59 wRC+

Mike Carp: .214/.317/.286, 71 wRC+

Shane Victorino: .242/.276/.352, 67 wRC+

Grady Sizemore:  .218/.286/.328, 67 wRC+

Daniel Nava:  .174/.269/.272, 48 wRC+

The Phillies have openly stated that they are willing to listen, particularly on their aged veteran players. So theoretically, the likes of Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry, and Ben Revere would be on the table. Whether any of those would be desirable options for the Red Sox remains to be seen. Mayberry would appear to be the best of the three, but he sees limited time and would have to patrol right field with Gomes in left, which looks like a bad fit. Revere might make sense from a defensive standpoint, but it is unclear whether he would be a better option than what the Red Sox currently have.