In Part 1, I touched upon how the Patriots and Celtics could improve, this part will touch upon how the Bruins and the Red Sox can improve their teams.
3. Boston Bruins
Bruins Get: Dustin Byfuglien
Jets Get: Seth Griffith, Alex Khoclachev, Tyler Randell, and draft picks
The Bruins have been playing great as of the past couple weeks, Rask looks sharp, Krejci has been outstanding, Bergy had been an underrated force on our forward lines, but our defense is still really young. We've relied on Torey Krug to carry the brunt of T.O.I this season as aging Zdeno Chara tries to mentor this young group of guys including Colin and Kevan Miller (no relation). While I believe that Colin Miller is a future replacement for Dougie Hamilton, I think one more year in the AHL could be better for him.
Byfuglien would slide right in to the first line of Boston and allow Chara to slide down to the 2nd or 3rd line which may help his aging body. And when Dennis Seidenberg returns, he could be on the third line with Kevan Miller, and that could be dangerous.
I still am having a hard time deciding whether or not the B's are rebuilding but I'd like to see them go all in and acquire Byfuglien.
As for the guys Boston would give up in return, they're all young and all forwards. We've gotten a chance to see each of them play and they all have great potential. But, in order to make a cup run, they may not be a part of the organization's plans this year. If they are rebuilding, then we'll see all of them at some point.
4. The Boston Red Sox
Red Sox Get: Sonny Gray
A's Get: Devan Marrero, Rafael Devers, Henry Owens, and Brian Johnson
If you ask me, the one thing that kept Boston out of October was pitching. They missed out on Lester, Shields, and Scherzer and rolled the dice on Rick Porcello and Wade Miley. Both played alright, Miley being the more consistent. But if the Sox want a pitcher for next year, it isn't on the free agent market, he's wearing an Oakland Athletics jersey.
Gray is a stud and won't be cheap. That's why Hazen and Dombrowski will have to empty the farm a little bit. And quite frankly, I'm okay with anyone short of Betts and Bogaerts. While Owens looked sharp at times, Gray is also a young gun and is already a proven ace and is worth what the A's would ask for. Johnson made one MLB start but, like I said, Gray is a young stud that you can lock up for a while.
Devers has the potential of 20 home run power third basemen, and I believe that Brett Lawrie isn't a part of the future in Oakland. Lastly, we have Devan Marrero. The A's current shortstop is Marcus Semien who is a beast offensively but had 28 errors in the first half. That's disgusting and I believe the A's will be up to taking Marrero. You can teach a guy to field, but I don't know if the A's are willing to wait for multiple seasons to see if he's going to improve.
That's part 2 of my brief stint as a GM. I put all my bias aside and actually looked into the needs of the other team and feel like the trades were balanced.