MLB Rumors: Red Sox, Phillies Working On Deal?

The Boston Red Sox are in the market for an outfielder. Perhaps the Philadelphia Phillies have a player to offer.

Philadelphia scouts have followed the Red Sox around over their past five series, according to the Boston Globe, and pretty much open to trading away everybody on their roster.

According to major league sources, the Phillies are making pretty much everyone on their roster available in trade. Chase Utley has 10/5 rights and he’s still a very good player the Phillies could rebuild around.

The Phillies are 24-34 as of June 6, and seven games back of the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins.

John Mayberry Jr. could offer the Red Sox a boost. He’s a big, right-handed bat, but is stuck in a timeshare in the Phillies’ outfield.

Domonic Brown has underachieved this season, batting .206 with four home runs and 27 RBIs. He has power, but has not lived up to his potential.

Marlon Byrd has a history with Boston, so would the team be willing to welcome him back into town? He’s got eight dingers, 32 RBIs, and a .264 batting average, which could certainly provide a boost to the Red Sox lineup.

The Kansas City Royals may be willing to part with Alex Gordon, who the Sox have always coveted, as well as Lorenzo Cain, according to the report. The Royals are 29-31 and four games out of first place in the American League Central standings. They could be sellers this summer as the trade deadline approached.

Previously, Boston has been linked to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielders, specifically Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp.

Last month, reported general manager Ben Cherington wanted to exercise some patience, to give Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley some more time to round into shape and wait for Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks to return to the lineup.

The Globe suggests that stance has changed — the Red Sox “don’t understand it” but are “looking to do something about it soon.”

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