July 25, 2024

If the Boston Red Sox continue to find ways to win, it will be difficult for the front office not to make moves around the trade deadline.

Currently, Boston has a 41-36 record and is just half a game out of an American League Wild Card spot. With a real chance at returning to the postseason and Triston Casas nearing a return from injury, the Red Sox should be considering all options to strengthen the team rather than selling.

One player who could be a valuable addition is Chicago White Sox shortstop Paul DeJong. DeJong is having a bounce-back season with Chicago and is expected to be a “popular” trade option, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

“DeJong has already matched his home run total from all of 2023, hitting 14 in his first 70 games with Chicago,” Feinsand said.

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“The 30-year-old’s .751 OPS is his highest since his All-Star season in 2019 (.762), providing great value for his $1.75 million contract. DeJong is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, and given the scarcity of middle-infield talent expected to be available this summer, he could be a popular target for contenders.”

The Red Sox are looking for a short-term solution at shortstop, and DeJong could fill that role. He is having a strong season and will be a free agent at the end of the year, so he wouldn’t block top prospect Marcelo Mayer.

Why not take a chance on him if he’s available to add another right-handed power hitter?

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