With a crowded outfield, the Boston Red Sox have some decisions to make — mostly who to trade and who to keep. Assuming the fact that Rusney Castillo was signed this past August and Hanley Ramirez a few days ago makes both of these men locks in the outfield, there are plenty of men in line for a starting job in Boston but most of them will not even get a chance.
As the team needs starting pitching, they will need to trade something valuable that is hard to come by like power. The best power-hitting bat Boston possesses is none other than Yoenis Cespedes whom they acquired at the trade deadline this past July in the Jon Lester deal.
In 152 games split between two teams, Cespedes mashed 22 home runs while driving in 100 RBIs despite posting just a .301 OBP. Not to mention he isn't the prettiest sight out there in left at Fenway Park. There is a lot to like about Cespedes, but there is a lot to dislike about him too so a team would have to be willing to take the bad with the good.
Just 29 years old, Cespedes is still young and only has a year left on his contract making him a rather inexpensive rental for a team looking to compete in 2015. The Reds certainly match up as a trade partner as they have Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and Edinson Volquez all set to be free agents within the next two years. Of course these men have more trade value than Cespedes, but he could certainly be a big chunk of the deal.
Set to earn $10.5 million next season, Yoenis Cespedes is not exactly the cheapest option in the outfield yet he is not too pricey. If the Red Sox find a way to trade him effectively, it will give them $10 million in cap room which would be better spent elsewhere anyways. Not to say that Cespedes is not a great player, but the signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez seemed to remove him from the equation.