Red Sox left-hander David Price believes the team could trade some of its key players if things don’t get better soon.
Boston is currently last in the American League with a 6-13 record and sits 8 1/2 games behind the division-leading Rays. Though there is plenty of time to turn things around before the July 31 trade deadline, Price thinks the Red Sox will sell if they’re out of contention at that point.
“If we don’t start playing better, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, maybe myself, we could get traded. We’re, what, 30th in minor league systems?” Price told Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. “We’re dead last. We don’t play better, Mookie Betts will be traded, J.D. Martinez will be traded. It will be tough for a while here.”
The Red Sox did something similar in 2014, when they dealt Jon Lester, Jake Peavy, John Lackey and Andrew Miller at the deadline just nine months removed from winning a World Series title. With so many key players eligible for free agency in the next two years, it’s a plausible scenario if the defending champs don’t get back in contention.
Rick Porcello and Martinez (who can opt out) lead a free-agent class that includes Mitch Moreland, Steve Pearce, Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez after the season. Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. will hit the open market after 2020 and Price is eligible for free agency after 2022.
Though Price is already discussing the worst-case scenario for the Red Sox, the club still has plenty of time to turn things around. The Red Sox still have over 88 percent of their schedule left to play as they attempt to get back in the mix.