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Christian Vazquez

Red Sox wide receiver Christian Vázquez could prove to be the most valuable future free agent on the Red Sox roster.

The 31-year-old is having a great year, hitting 0.282/0.327/0.432 in 84 games. He leads the big leagues in innings behind home plate for the past two years and is considered a leader with a demonstrated ability to lead a pitching staff through the playoffs to a title.

The Astros and Mets are known to have engaged in substantive talks over Vázquez, who earns $7 million this year on an option the Red Sox exercised on his original three-year, $13.3 million contract. The Guardians are also in the market for help, but it’s unclear if they would pursue a rental player.

Read the latest from Alex Speier.

Nate Eovaldi

Nate Eovaldi’s departure Monday against the Astros will be one of the most scrutinized exits in baseball.

According to major league sources, the Red Sox are open to moving the right-hander – but not motivated to do so given the team’s position on the fringes of the Wild Card race. On the one hand, there’s a chance he could get a solid comeback given his credentials as an AL Cy Young top-five finalist last year and a former strength after -season.

On the other hand, his commercial value could be diminished by his drop in material – his last four starts have seen him post the lowest average four-seam fastball speed of the past five seasons – and his vulnerability to hard contact. .

Eovaldi is aware of the whirlwind, but tries to dismiss it.

“I understand that my name is circulating,” Eovaldi said. “My job is to go out there and perform, whether it’s the Red Sox or not, whether interested teams are watching or not. I don’t think about going out there and trying to do better or anything. It’s just, get out there, focus on the mechanics and the execution of the shots.

JD Martinez

Sources suggest the team is very open to transferring future free agent Martinez (a team believing the Sox will move Martinez for a small prospect return to offload his salary).

“I’m not blind. I know what’s going on, being there. But just put it aside,” Martinez said on Sunday. other. I want to make it as hard [chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom to make a trade] As I can. If we keep winning, I think we can do it.

“Everyone feels like you’re fighting for your life, fighting to keep the band together,” he added. “I think it’s . . . hurting us, honestly. But that’s the way it is.”

Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers

Multiple major league sources suggested on Sunday that nothing has changed in recent days regarding the team’s stance that they have no intention of trading Xander Bogaerts or Rafael Devers.

“There has been no internal or external discussion or commentary on trade deadline-related movements involving Alex, Raffy or anyone else that I know of,” said Sam Kennedy, president of the Red Sox last week. “At this point, our focus is on getting back into this thing and winning.”

Kennedy also reiterated the team’s hopes that the two stars will stay with the Red Sox “for a long, long time.”

Latest News on MLB Trading Deadlines

Yankees trade pitchers for A Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino – 4:40 p.m.

The Yankees are strengthening their pitch before the deadline, trading first for reliever Scott Effross and now negotiating a deal with the Athletics for starter Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino.

The Yankees dropped pitchers Ken Waldichuk, JP Sears and Luis Medina, as well as infielder Cooper Bowman.

The Astros trade for Trey Mancini from the Orioles – 4:30 p.m.

The Astros traded for Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini, according to multiple reports.

Padres trade Josh Hader, Brewers’ closest All-Star — 1:30 p.m.

The Padres acquired closest All-Star Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday in exchange for recently benched Taylor Rogers and three other players in a blockbuster deal between NL playoff contenders .

The NL Central-leading Brewers sent one of the game’s best relievers to the Padres for Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet, outfielder Esteury Ruiz and pitching prospect Robert Gasser.

The trade features the two big league leaders. Hader has 29 saves while Rogers has 28, although the Padres recently removed Rogers from the closest role after missing back-to-back opportunities in a Detroit series. The Padres got Rogers from Minnesota on Opening Day.

Hader, the three-time NL reliever of the year over the past four seasons, has a career-high 4.24 after suffering one of his worst meltdowns just before the All-Star break.

The southpaw allowed five homers and 12 runs in 4⅓ innings in six appearances in early July, increasing his ERA from 1.05 to 4.50. Hader also allowed just four runs in 29⅔ innings.

And hitters continue to have all kinds of difficulty getting in touch with him. Hader struck out 59 in 34 innings. He missed just two of his 31 save opportunities.

Hader, 28, earns $11 million this year and is eligible for arbitration again this offseason. He could become a free agent after 2023. His gradually increasing salary had sparked speculation with every trade deadline that budget-conscious brewers might treat him. — Associated Press

Yankees acquire reliever Scott Effross in trade with Cubs — 12:30 p.m.

The New York Yankees acquired rookie reliever Scott Effross in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

Effross, a full-back right-hander, is 1-4 with a 2.66 ERA and one save in 47 games this year. He made his league debut last season, going 2-1 and having a 3.68 ERA in 14 appearances with Chicago.

The rebuilding Cubs received minor league right-hander Hayden Wesneski as part of the deal. Wesneski, 24, a sixth-round selection in the 2019 Entry Draft, is 6-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 19 starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. — Associated Press

Katie McInerney can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @k8tmac. Alex Speier can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @alexspeier. Follow Andrew Mahoney on Twitter @GlobeMahoney. Christopher Price can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at cpriceglobe.

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