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3 Players the Red Sox Should Target in Trades This Offseason

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 27: Archie Bradley #25 and Carson Kelly #18 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate a 6-3 win against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field on September 27, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox were barely a team above .500 in 2019 after winning the World Series in 2018, leading to GM Dave Dombrowski getting fired. Whoever takes over that job will want to make this team more competitive. However, Boston doesn't have many internal resources to go big game hunting, and their payroll is already stretched pretty thin.

So here are three players the Red Sox should target via the trade market this offseason.

3. INF Jonathan Villar

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jonathan Villar #2 of the Baltimore Orioles fields a ground ball during a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 19, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles | Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The Red Sox have a hole on their infield at second base, and with Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez becoming free agents as well as Dustin Pedroia's future unknown, it'll need to be addressed this winter. Going after someone like Jonathan Villar, who can play all over the infield, would be a low-risk deal that could pay huge dividends.

2. RHP Anthony DeSclafani

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 14: Anthony DeSclafani #28 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a pitch in the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 14, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks | Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

There's no denying that Boston needs to add to their rotation this winter, especially with Rick Porcello and potentially Andrew Cashner entering free agency. The Red Sox might dabble in free agency, but someone like Anthony DeSclafani, who gets no attention even though he's coming off a season where he had a sub-4.00 ERA to go along with 167 strikeouts over 166.2 innings, might be someone they look at.

1. RHP Archie Bradley

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 27:  Archie Bradley #25 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Red Sox completely ignored their bullpen last winter, which ended up hurting them in the end. That can't happen this offseason, which is why going after a talent like Archie Bradley would be prudent. Bradley doesn't haven't much closing experience, but he can go multiple innings and is a strikeout machine late in the game.