Michael Fulmer Trade Destination 1: Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox finished last in the A.L. East in 2020, but they’re back near the top of the division this season, and it appears to be real. Boston has a strong offense built around the young core of Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, and Alex Verdugo, a solid rotation of starters who appear to be overachieving right now, and one of the better performing bullpens in the America League so far. Their closer Matt Barnes has been stellar, but the bullpen is a little thin after him, and Michael Fulmer would give them a dynamite 1-2 punch at the end of games. Here’s our proposal:
San Diego took Hudson Potts in the first round back in 2016, and then shipped him to Boston in a trade for Mitch Moreland. Drafted as a shortstop, Potts quickly moved to third base, but he’s also seen some time at second and first. He should be adequate in the corners and could survive as a shift-aided second baseman, but his calling card is power. Potts has the raw pop to hit 30 homers one day, but his aggressive approach may prevent him from maximizing his game power.
Cameron Cannon was Boston’s 2nd-round pick in 2019 (taken 5 picks ahead of his college teammate Nick Quintana) and he offers an intriguing bat with limited secondary tools. His defense is passable at second base, and he’s a below-average runner, but there’s a chance he could hit enough to become a regular.