Red Sox-Yankees Trаde Involvіng Gold Glover Could Solve Eаch Teаm’s Bіggest Problem

Chaim Bloom and Brian Cashman already made one Red Sox-Yankees trade

Both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees enter spring training with questions surrounding middle infield depth.

The Yankees enter camp with established veteran Isiah Kiner-Falefa, rookie Oswald Peraza — No. 3 Yankees prospect according to MLB Pipeline — and Anthony Volpe — No. 1 Yankees prospect — expected to be called up at some point in 2023 after reaching Triple-A last season. The Yankees also have Oswaldo Cabrera, a natural infielder who has been converted to the outfield to get his bat in the lineup.

There are not enough at-bats to go around with the number of Yankees middle infielders on the roster. Of the many promising options, Kiner-Falefa would be the logical odd-man out.

As for the Red Sox? Boston enters the season with Kiké Hernández expected to handle the bulk of the workload at shortstop. Christian Arroyo and Adalberto Mondesí — two of the most injury-prone players in Major League Baseball — are expected to split the rest of the second base and middle infielder duties. The Red Sox need to add another middle infielder and Kiner-Falefa could be the solution.

Kiner-Falefa hit .261 with 24 extra-base hits including four home runs, 48 RBIs and a .642 OPS in 142 games last season.

The 27-year-old won an American League Gold Glove for his defensive play at third base in 2020. He played shortstop last season, can play second base and broke into the league as a catcher — providing unique versatility.

Kiner-Falefa could solve the Red Sox’s lack of middle infield depth, while clearing a path for the Yankees’ top prospects to develop at the highest level.

Trades between the two biggest rivals in baseball are rare but Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman already have one exchange under their belts.

The Yankees dealt right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino and right-handed prospect Franklin German to the Red Sox for a player to be named later. The move was a salary dump for New York but Boston got the most out of the deal prior to the 2021 season.

Another deal could be on the way.

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