The Boston Red Sox have jumped to third place in the AL East and could be buyers before the trading deadline.
That Boston Red Sox had a terrible start to the season as they were bottom in the AL East in mid-May and went into June 23-27. But they went 30-12 from May 16 through the end of June to move into third place and likely make them buyers at the close.
There are some vulnerabilities they need to bolster their playoff chances, and they might be looking at some divisional rivals to address them.
Boston Red Sox: 3 competing division trade targets
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Wisler
The Tampa Bay Rays are still in the playoffs as they are just two games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and they would make the playoffs with the third and final AL wild card berth if the season ended today.
Matt Wisler is a season-ending free agent, so the Tampa Bay Rays could be looking to trade him in despite the playoff hunt. If they acquired him, the Boston Red Sox could use him as a middle or long helper. Her bullpen has an ERA of 3.79, which equates to 14th in baseball. While it’s by no means bad, there’s definitely room for improvement.
As of 2022, Wisler has played 32 games (4 starts as an opener) for the Rays and he has a 2.75 ERA. He has a 1,139 WHIP and averages 3.3 walks and 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The only troubling number he has in 2022 is his home run rate, having allowed 1.5 home runs per nine innings.
In 2021, Matt Wisler appeared in 48 games between the Giants and Rays and had a 3.70 ERA and a 1.068 WHIP.
https://fansided.com/2022/07/03/red-sox-rumors-3-division-rivals-trade/ 3 division rivals to act for now