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July 9, 2021

Red Sox

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Kimbrel 33 Majors RHRP 1.5 8.4 9.0 -0.6 0 0 0.6
Sogard 35 Majors 2B 3B Medium 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 -0.1 0 0.1
Wieck 29 Majors LHRP Medium 3.5 0.8 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.7

Cubs

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Feliz Minors OF 1.3 1 1.3 1.6
Gonzalez Minors RHP 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.7
Richards 33 Majors SP Medium 0.5 2.3 5.0 -2.7 -3.4 -2.7 -2
Rosario Minors OF 3 2.4 3 3.6
Santana 30 Majors 2B OF High 0.5 0.4 0.9 -0.5 -0.5 -0.3 0
1 Comment
  1. Bill Wellman

    This is a trade that could, with a separate trade involving Marwin Gonzalez (who has actual value) for a minor league prospect, get Kimbrel to the Red Sox without their blowing the luxury tax threshold.

    Kimbrel is having, probably, his last good season. His peripherals don’t match his ERA. Neither do Wieck’s, who’s pitched fewer than 60 IP in MLB as he approaches his 30th birthday in October. But both would be welcome additions to the bullpen, which would likely be the best in MLB with those two added and Andriese subtracted. Aging veteran Eric Sogard, still average defensively at 2B/3B, would be a natural platoon partner for Christian Arroyo.

    The Cubs would get Richards and Santana to fill holes for the team after they trade for the future in July. Rosario is a great defensive CF with good strike zone discipline who could be an MLB-level player in 2023 after a cup of coffee in 2022. Wilkelman Gonzalez was the Opening Day starter for Boston’s Florida Rookie League team. Albert Feliz has plus-plus power at first base, but he’s got to develop his defense and OBP. He’s a high-risk, high-reward prospect. Gonzalez and Feliz are both just 19 years old, young for their roles.

    By the numbers, the Cubs win the trade…it depends upon the market for the unpredictable arm of Kimbrel.

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