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
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
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
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.