2021 MLB trade deadline: Kyle Schwarber dealt to Red Sox as Nationals continue sell-off, per report


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The Red Sox and Washington Nationals have agreed to a trade that will send outfielder Kyle Schwarber to Boston, according to Robert Murray of Fansided. The Nationals are expected to get right-hander Aldo Ramirez in return, per Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post.

Schwarber, 28, is currently on the injured list because of a significant hamstring injury he suffered in early July. He’s taken steps forward in his recovery over the past week, resuming jogging and even taking batting practice, though it’s still unclear when he’ll make a full return. Nevertheless, he had an impressive, if short-lived run with the Nationals. In 72 games, he hit .253/.340/.570 (150 OPS+) with 25 home runs in 303 plate appearances. 

Seeing as how the Red Sox already have a capable designated hitter, in J.D. Martinez, it stands to reason Boston views Schwarber as a position player. Manager Alex Cora could attempt to hide Schwarber’s defensive deficiencies in left field. There’s also, in theory, the possibility that the Red Sox will ask Schwarber to try his hand at first base, where they need an upgrade. (Schwarber hasn’t played the cold corner since 2017.)

Though Schwarber signed a one-year deal with the Nationals over the winter that included a mutual option for next season worth $11.5 million, it’s fair to assume he will decline his half as a means of pursuing a multi-year pact instead.

Ramirez, currently on the injured list himself with an elbow issue, has posted a 2.03 ERA and a 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 innings at Low-A Salem this season. His stuff is more average than not and it’s possible that he ends up in the bullpen before he reaches the majors.


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