In a piece for FOXSports.com, Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron writes that the struggles of Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew might give others pause about following in his footsteps in signing midseason. While many different people have contributed to Boston’s struggles this season, Drew’s futility at the plate is one of the primary reasons for their slide, Cameron writes. Of course, fellow Scott Boras client Kendrys Morales has also been struggling since joining the Twins. More out of the AL East..
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post looks at four pitching trade targets that would make sense for the Yankees. Sherman’s suggestions include old friend Ian Kennedy and Diamondbacks hurler Wade Miley, if he’s made available.
- Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues is scouting the trade market for the Yankees and takes a look at the pitchers the Diamondbacks have to offer. In addition to Miley, Axisa sees right-hander Brandon McCarthy as a possibility for the Bombers. McCarthy is a sabermetrics darling and his advanced numbers show that he’s better than his 5.11 ERA would indicate. On the flipside, his injury history is troubling.
- Because player development is so fickle, things haven’t worked out as planned for the Red Sox, writes Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Of course, the unpredictable nature of it all is the very reason why organizations stockpile so many prospects.