According to an “American League source familiar with the Red Sox’ thinking,” both Asdrubal Cabrera and T.J. Rivera are on Boston’s radar as potential trade targets, reports the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman. The Red Sox are looking for someone to play third base for the rest of this season, but aren’t looking for a long-term solution, as they have prospect Rafael Devers getting seasoned in the upper minors.
Cabrera would certainly be a more temporary solution for the Sox, but one that looks reasonably appealing. With only an $8.5 million option for next season, he could be a relatively inexpensive insurance policy against Devers, in case he needs more time in Triple-A.
Rivera, on the other hand, would cost the team far less financially, and would provide a utility player who is still rookie eligible. Neither he nor Cabrera is likely to be a Gold Glove-caliber defender, though both profile nicely at third. Rivera likely has a slight defensive edge over the aging Cabrera, but Cabrera’s power potential probably puts him ahead of Rivera, in terms of overall package.
Boston’s primary target appears to be Todd Frazier, who has one year and $12 million left on his contract with the White Sox. Other potential players include Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison and David Freese, Eduardo Nunez of the Giants, and the Marlins’ Martin Prado.