The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a deal with the Oakland Athletics to acquire veteran outfielder Rajai Davis, per Evan Drellich of CSN New England.
The addition of Rajai Davis will help the Red Sox in the long haul. Boston's starting center fielder, Jackie Bradley Jr., hit the disabled list earlier today. Davis will help fill Bradley Jr's absence. Davis is a valuable asset because he can play all three outfield positions and he is one of the best on the bases.
At 36-years-old, Davis still plays like he is 24 years old. Last season, he led the American League in stolen bases (43). Also, he helped contribute to the Cleveland Indians' magical postseason run. He also hit a game tying home run off of Chicago Cubs' closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series.
This season with Oakland, Davis is batting .233 with 5 HRs and 18 RBIs. He is fourth amongst American League players for stolen bases, which he owns 26 of this season.
The Boston Red Sox are set to acquire reliever Addison Reed from the New York Mets in exchange for three pitching prospects, per Yahoo!'s Tim Brown.
The Red Sox have been in the market for a while now to acquire a set-up man and they believe that Reed is the player they need to fulfill that role. Reed will likely handle the eighth-inning role, with closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning slot.
Reed, 28, has pitched like a lockdown reliever all year. He has a record of 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 48 relief appearances. He has been the Mets' closer since Jeurys Familia was placed on the disabled list earlier this season. He has 19 saves this year. Also, he has an incredible 1.1 BB/9 ratio this season in 49 innings.
Reliever Gerson Bautista will head to the Mets organization. The Red Sox's #28 ranked prospect has a 3-2 record with an ERA of 5.16 in High-A this year. The 22-year-old's best pitch is his fastball which can reach the upper 90's and it's rated a 70 on the 20-80 scale.
Reliever Jaime Callahan will join Bautista in the Mets' organization as well. The 22-year-old righty is ranked as the Red Sox's #23 prospects. Callahan has pitched in AAA for a good chunk of the season. He is considered to be major league ready and his ETA is 2017.
In 22 relief appearances in AAA, he is 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA.
The third prospect heading to the Big Apple is Stephen Nogosek. The #18 best prospect in Boston's system is also a relief pitcher. The 22-year-old righty has pitched mostly in High-A this year. In 13 relief appearances he is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA.
The Red Sox designated veteran third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment.
Sandoval, 30, is regarded as one of major league baseball's biggest busts of the past decade. After signing a 5-year, $95 million deal in November 2014, Sandoval has only appeared in 161 games for the Red Sox over the past three seasons. Sandoval missed almost the entire 2016 season, and he has played very little this season due to injuries.
In his short tenure as the Red Sox's long needed solution of a starting third baseman, Sandoval has a slash line of .237/.286/.360 with 14 home runs.
Even though it is unlikely Sandoval will ever wear Red Sox red again, the team must pay the rest of his contract until after the 2020 season.
It is very unlikely that Sandoval will be claimed by another team, due to his large contract and his unsastifactory performance.