With the arrival of the 2023 MLB trade deadline, many thought that the Boston Red Sox would be aggressive in the market, but on the contrary, they only made some less flashy moves. However, this Thursday, shortly after it was revealed that the organization had fired Chaim Bloom, it was revealed that the Red Sox were about to complete a trade with none other than the New York Yankees.
According to a report by Chris Henrique, the Boston organization is talking to the New York office about a trade, which will send Alex Verdugo to the Yankees, while the Red Sox will receive Clarke Schmidt. This whole theory gained a little strength, considering that in the last days of July the rumor spread that there were many possibilities that Verdugo would leave the team.
Right in July, manager Alex Cora had a problem with Alex Verdugo, because of the little delivery he left on the field. Given these actions, and considering that the Mexican will be a free agent after the 2024 campaign, the Red Sox are willing to listen to the offers and those of their eternal rivals as a favorable deal for both teams.
Schmidt is under contract until 2027, so Boston, had they acquired him via trade, would have acquired the services of a starting pitcher who could easily occupy the middle part of a rotation. However, the details of why the transfer did not take place have not been released.
However, it is possible that in the offseason, the name of Alex Verdugo will be heard in some conversations, because of the contribution he offers with the bat and glove.
The Red Sox discussed sending outfielder Alex Verdugo to the Yankees for starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt at the trade deadline, per sources.
— Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique) September 14, 2023