I know that the season is still very new, but I was just remembering having heard some trade rumors from the offseason between the Red Sox and the Diamondbacks involving Justin Upton. I also am reading "Moneyball" right now, which reminded me that an important part of the 2002 season of the Oakland A's were trades for Ray Durham and Ted Lilly, deals that helped the A's sky rocket in the standings. Maybe a deal could help the in-need Red Sox...
I think that Upton is a player the Red Sox could definitely use, a young right handed right fielder. Somebody with a ton of power who could perhaps take Ortiz's spot in the lineup someday. I can dream all day long about him lodging the ball over the monster. If this trade were at all possible, assuming that the Red Sox make a run at him during the trade deadline or in the coming offseason, who would the Sox be able to offer the D-Backs? Now keep in mind that this is not at all real, I just like pretending that I am GM of my favorite team, and I bet all of you do, too. So just give me your opinions.
My thinking would probably be a young group of prospects. Maybe even a package like this: OF Jacoby Ellsbury, SS Jose Iglesias, 1B Lars Anderson, and maybe a pitcher like Doubront or Drake Britton. The reason behind my thinking is the following: after signing AGone for seven more years, they can afford to give up Anderson, who is hitting well so far this year in AAA, so his stock is up. I have always been a fan of Jed Lowrie, even though he has been a tid bit injury prone, but I think he has come a long way and he deserves to be there at short for now. Iglesias is a great prospect and will be a good major leaguer. I have been against trading young talented shortstops ever since the Hanley Ramirez trade, but I think the Sox have other options long term in up-and-comers like Navarro or Tejeda, that is if they can't stick with Lowrie. Ellsbury is expendable, I am one of those Sox fans in love with Ryan Kalish. The tricky part about a trade like this would be that the Sox' farm system right now is not superbly stocked with pitchers. Actually, it isn't particularly well-stocked at all. Ranaudo and Pimentel are the cream of the crop in terms of pitchers, but the can not let them go right now. Doubront has MLB experience and is young and talented enough to attract other teams' attention.
I'd really like everyone's opinion about it, and please let me know if I'm being ignorant about it or naive when it comes to trades and all that. Just keep in mind that this is imagination. So, in order to make a deal for Upton, what would the Red Sox be required to give up?