According to reports including those from Jon Heyman, the Red Sox have emerged/remained as the top target if Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics decide to trade top-tier pitcher Sonny Gray. Unfortunately, in typical Beane fashion, it is unclear whether Sonny Gray will be available at the 2016 MLB Trade Deadline. These actions are not new to the Oakland Athletics, as most reports had third baseman Josh Donaldson staying in the Bay Area, before he was surprisingly traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2014-2015 offseason, just days after the Red Sox called on his availability .
However, and fortunately for the Red Sox, Billy Beane has not been shy from trading top talent for multiple prospects that could help his team in the future. Gray has struggled this season, amassing a 5.77 ERA in 10 starts but after returning from the disabled list with a back injury, Sonny Gray threw five innings of one-run baseball against the Houston Astros on Sunday. Sonny Gray's trade value may never be lower, and the Red Sox have the farm system to pretty much get anyone they want in baseball.
The Red Sox have multiple needs, including bullpen relief and a left fielder to go along with their woes in the starting rotation. If the Red Sox choose to do so, they could address all of their needs via a trade with the Oakland Athletics. The Red Sox could acquire Gray and perhaps even Milton, MA native Rich Hill, lefty reliever Sean Doolittle, who has a 2.59 ERA in 28 appearances, and old Red Sox friend Josh Reddick. Reddick will not be available until June or July because of a broken thumb, but because the talented outfielder will be a free agent following this season, the Athletics could be looking to deal him for some type of return, as they will likely lose him to the highest bidder in free agency.
Thankfully, Dave Dombrowski is at the helm and he is not afraid to make questionable moves in order to win in the present. Just ask his buddy, David Price.