Given all this, many expect the Red Sox will sell some of their eldest veterans before the Major League Baseball trade deadline, allowing them to call up high-profile prospects before the end of the season.
Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy, however, believes it’s still too early to address that notion.
“I think it?s more of an eyeball, organic kind of thing,” Kennedy said Thursday morning on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” show. “I think we?re probably 29, 30 days away from the trade deadline. It seems to me, in my baseball experience, that as you get closer, the market starts to develop more and more each and every day. While it feels desperate right now for us, I don?t think we?re really going to know much until the market starts to develop and we play out the string here on the remaining games before the trade deadline.”
Kennedy said that, given the addition of the second wild-card spot, it’s simply too early to tell if the Red Sox will be in a place to contend at the July 31 trade deadline.
Kennedy added that calling up prospects such as Mookie Betts, Christian Vasquez and Garin Cecchini certainly is a possibility.
“I think the strength of our organization over the last 13 years has been the willingness to recognize that value can be found at different times of the year,” Kennedy said. “We?ve invested heavily in the draft and scouting and player development, which has yielded some great major league talent for us on the Red Sox major league roster.”
He noted, however, that acquiring some big-name talent never was out of the question.
“We?ve also shown that we?re willing to make a big move at the deadline,” Kennedy said. ” … So we?ll see how it develops.”
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