The Boston Red Sox are reportedly seeking right-handed middle relief options and Anthony Franco of MLB Trade Rumors lists Michael Fulmer as an option for the team.
Cubs fans know that Fulmer struggled out of the gate and lost the closer position early in the season, but he’s turned it around lately. His season stats don’t look like a player worth trading for as he’s carrying an 0-5 record and a 4.61 ERA across 41 innings.
That being said, since May 28th he’s allowed just three earned runs over 20.1 innings for a 1.34 ERA. While the Cubs may not be in contention depending on how the next couple of weeks go, Fulmer is the kind of player that is absolutely beneficial to have on a competitive team and someone the Cubs could get a decent prospect in return for.
There are players that we shouldn’t expect to see in a return such as Marcelo Meyer and Ceddanne Rafaela. The Red Sox also probably wouldn’t want to deal Miguel Bleis in a deal like this and the Cubs shouldn’t be looking for a teenager in Low-A either if they’re really re-tooling for next season.
Guys that I would love to see in a return would be slugging first baseman Blaze Jordan or speedy shortstop/second baseman/center fielder David Hamilton. Jordan has insane power and this season across two levels has hit .320/.383/.532 with 13 homers and Hamilton has actually made his major league debut this season but in AAA he’s hit .250/.341/.465 with 31 stolen bases.
Neither may be available, and if they are, they may not be available for a relief pitcher with early-season struggles, but if they are they’d be an absolute steal.