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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Red Sox Willing to Trade Nava, Sweeney, Not Ross

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 21:  Daniel Nava #66 of the ...
Daniel Nava is apparently being offered to teams looking for outfield help as reported by CBS Sports' Danny Knobler.  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
According to a report from's Danny Knobler, the Red Sox are telling interested teams that Daniel Nava and Ryan Sweeney can be had for the right package, while Cody Ross will not be offered in any deals.

With Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury making their way back to the big leagues (both are in AA Portland), the Red Sox will soon enter un-chartered waters this season, with a wealth of healthy, productive outfielders. That's assuming all stay healthy, but at the moment things are looking good.

Because of the fact Daniel Nava is out of options, if there's no room on the active roster, Boston will want to get something for him while he's producing and healthy. The alternative would be taking the route they were forced to with Darnell McDonald, who landed in pinstripes.

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24:  Cody Ross #7 of the Bos...
The Red Sox intend to keep Cody Ross while offering Nava, Sweeney and Podsednik to inquiring teams. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
While Cody Ross would be most attractive to teams looking for outfield production, his right-handed pop is too important in the Red Sox lineup. In 189 AB this season, he has 12 HR, 39 RBI and a .275/.350/.550 slash line. He could certainly bring in the most value, but his affordable contract gives the Sox more reason to keep him around for the remainder of the season, and possibly beyond.

Daniel Nava may not attract a large haul considering he's 29 and hasn't had a prolonged run of success, but his output this season would have the phones ringing and could bring in a mid-level prospect or two. There's also a chance he's packaged with a Red Sox prospect as part of a deal for an arm.

Ryan Sweeney has had the better career thus far of the two, but his trade value may be on the lower end at this point due to injuries this season. The first was a concussion, which required a seven-day stint, but the latest is the more concerning one. A recurring toe ailment has kept the right-fielder out of action since June 17.

Scott Podsednik, who's rehabbing with the PawSox, is also said to be up for grabs, with the Marlins reportedly showing interest in the veteran speedy outfielder. In a 19-game stint before he was placed on the DL, Podsednik was hitting .387/.409/.484 with 1 HR, 7 RBI and 6 SB in 69 AB.

Whether any or all of these trades happen will be determined in the coming few weeks with the non-waiver trade deadline approaching on July 31. Expect only minor depth-type deals for the Red Sox, but don't be surprised if things change. We haven't seen just how bold Ben Cherington is when given the opportunity.

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