In the last few years, I have seen what feels like constant short leashes for Red Sox prospects. Whether it's a prospect like Jarren Duran or a prospect who inevitably fizzles out and vanishes. All I can think of is, "how would the Ray's handle this prospect?", and in most cases the Red Sox handle things way differently. For example, in what world does it make sense to keep Jackie Bradley Jr. in right field when you have a prospect like Jarren Duran who needs the at-bats to adjust to big league pitching.
Honestly, it feels like the Red Sox expect above average players right away, and their patience is non-existent. Most clubs realize that some players need more than 33 games scattered across a 162 game season to adjust to the highest level of competition and give players at least one full season to get better. The Red Sox are an extremely competitive club, so I can understand why they keep prospects on such a short leash. But, if they only plan on using prospects sparingly, then maybe the farm system isn't as important as other clubs.
With that being said, the Red Sox should consider trading prospects who have little to no chance of being a legitimate member of the team. That leads to the idea of if they were going to make a trade, who could they trade for? So here are a few trade proposals that I came up with in my head:
1.) CF Jarren Duran, SS Jeter Downs, C/Util Connor Wong and SP Connor Seabold for SP Sandy Alcantara from the Marlins
I will be the first to admit that this trade is a bit lopsided, but Alcantara would add a top of the rotation arm to the rotation and push this already good team even further.
2.) 2B Nick Yorke and SP Jay Groome for CP Emmanuel Clase from the Guardians
Obviously, I don't see this being a fair enough trade to get the number 4 closing pitcher in the league, but really this is a trade that needs to happen. I try to stay off the hate Barnes bandwagon, but he has been remarkably inconsistent and he shouldn't be the de facto closer on a team that is looking to win it all.
3.) You think of one.
Who is a player that you think would make the team better? If the team isn't going to use the player in the lineup, trading them isn't a bad idea. The Red Sox are maybe a piece or two from being the best team in the division, and we all know where this team is lacking.