Red Sox must consider White Sox LHP if they’re buyers at the MLB trade deadline

With the MLB trade deadline still more than a month away, the Boston Red Sox are weighing their options amidst a season marked by injuries but also resilience. At 35-34 after 69 games, they find themselves at a crossroads where they could potentially become buyers if they identify the right opportunities.

One pressing need for the Red Sox is starting pitching, especially someone young with long-term control—a description that fits Chicago White Sox left-hander Garrett Crochet perfectly.

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Crochet, 24, has transitioned to a starting role this season after previously excelling in the bullpen. Despite undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2022, he has returned strong with a 3.16 ERA (27th in MLB) and an exceptional 0.90 WHIP (third), while leading the league in strikeouts with 116. His performance hasn’t gone unnoticed by Boston, who recently faced him and saw firsthand his dominance over six innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits with 10 strikeouts.

Crucially, Crochet is under team control through the 2026 season, making him an attractive long-term asset for any team, including the Red Sox.

The question for Boston is what they would be willing to give up in exchange. Would they part with one of their top prospects like Marcelo Mayer, Kyle Teel, or Roman Anthony? Alternatively, would a package centered around Miguel Bleis, Yoeilin Cespedes, or Matthew Lugo be enough to entice the White Sox?

Even if Boston decides against making immediate moves this season, acquiring Crochet could significantly bolster their roster heading into 2025 and beyond. His blend of youth, talent, and contractual stability makes him a rare commodity in today’s trade market, and the Red Sox would be remiss not to explore the possibility of bringing him aboard.

Ultimately, whether Boston chooses to make a move for Crochet will depend on their assessment of their current and future needs, as well as their willingness to part with valuable prospects for a pitcher of his caliber.