Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Red Sox are interested in a package deal with the Marlins involving third baseman Martin Prado and reliever David Phelps.
While the Red Sox don’t exactly need bullpen help — their 3.00 aggregate relief ERA is third-best in baseball — they do need some help at third base with Pablo Sandoval injured and Deven Marrero underperforming.
Prado, 33, has appeared in only 32 games this season and has hit a disappointing .273/.299/.388 with two home runs and 12 RBI. While this year has been a struggle, Prado has been an above-average hitter in each of the last five seasons and has the ability to play every position except for pitcher and catcher.
Phelps, 30, has a 3.56 ERA with a 46/16 K/BB ratio in 43 innings of work this year.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.