Red Sox GM Ben Cherington downplays trade rumors involving Yoenis Cespedes


The Red Sox have a logjam of outfielders and most of the trade speculation has centered on Yoenis Cespedes. It’s only natural, as he’s only under team control for one more year and appears unlikely to sign an extension to stay in Boston. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington addressed the situation during an appearance yesterday on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, saying that he has an open mind about potential moves, but isn’t actively looking to move any one player. Rob Bradford of has the quote:

“We’ve gotten calls. By this time we’ve talked to just about every team. Several teams have asked about our outfielders, not any one in particular. Because we have some depth there, theoretically, we’ve gotten asked on that, particularly with teams that may match up. I’m not ruling out getting into a trade conversations where we might match up. But there is no particular player that we’re looking to move, including Cespedes. But we’re going to make the team better where we can and we’ll try to be open-minded when trying to do that.

This is pretty much what you would expect any general manager in Cherington’s shoes to say. Still, if the Red Sox end up moving any of their outfielders, Cespedes is their biggest chip to upgrade in other areas. Allen Craig’s stock is at an all-time low coming off a miserable year and a move involving Shane Victorino would likely be a salary dump or a swap for a player with a comparable contract.