The Boston Red Sox will likely have no room on their roster for Blake Swihart when Dustin Pedroia returns from the disabled list, so it makes sense that they are trying to trade him. But unless they lower their asking price, a deal seems unlikely.
“Hard to find a trade partner when you’re asking for some of teams’ best prospects,” a talent evaluator from one team that has had discussions with the Red Sox told Drellich.
Swihart, a once-promising catcher prospect, has appeared in 17 games this season and is hitting just .133. While he could argue that he has not been given enough opportunities, he has just four hits in 30 at-bats.
It’s hard to draw much of a conclusion from spring training. Players are all at different levels of fitness, some guys find hot streaks at the right time, and guys slug eight homers in two weeks and then are never heard from again.
Still, it’s worth taking a look at which players are off to a good spring start. As ever, small sample sizes are everywhere, and only so much should be drawn from these numbers. Still, it’s always best to get off to a good start, and that’s what these ten players have done.
1) Jason Kipnis, Indians
The Indians are still trying to figure out where Kipnis fits into their plans after Jose Ramirez displaced him as the team’s everyday second baseman. That’s not really Kipnis’ problem; his issue was convincing the team that he still has a part to play. He’s certainly done that so far. The two-time all-star has slugged six home runs in 17 spring at-bats, with 12 RBIs and a .529 average on top of it. The guy can still hit. Cleveland would be wise to find a spot on the diamond for him to do it.