So here are the teams Boston needs to be talking to in the next 3 weeks, per my informal survey of team needs around the league.
Jake Peavy. Best fits – Anaheim, Yankees. Peavy is a good match for teams who need pitching but lack prospect depth. If Jorge de la Rosa is being priced at “one really good prospect,” Peavy climbs up one more step on the Appealing Ladder.
John Lackey. Best fits – Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle. If the Sox don’t deal Lackey, I won’t mind. But if they do, he should fetch a very good return. Lester would get a better one, but I prefer he not go anywhere period. Lackey will be 36 next season, and in his final year. I can see him being moved at the deadline in a move that could help the Sox in the near future.
Andrew Miller. Best fits – Atlanta, Washington, Dodgers. Miller should get something worthwhile back, but bear in mind he is only a reliever. So adjust your expectations accordingly.
Koji Uehara. Best fits – Detroit, Angels, Dodgers. Like Lackey, I wouldn’t mind bringing back Uehara, but if ever there was a sell time for him, this is probably it.
Jonny Gomes. Best fits – Cincinnati, Kansas City, Seattle. If the return player is higher than A-ball, his future has probably already passed him by.
Stephen Drew. Best fits – Detroit, Oakland. Again, minimal, but he can be moved. Any player can be moved. Renteria and Lugo were moved. Mike Hampton may have signed the worst pitching contract in MLB history, and he was dealt TWICE before it expired.
Craig Breslow / Burke Badenhop. Best fits – Boston. If the Sox move Peavy, Miller, Uehara, etc., they will need some folks to stay home and pitch the remainder of the season, lest they burn out all the rookie arms before Labor Day. The return these guys get would probably not be worth risking everyone else’s arms.
Felix Doubront. Best fits – Miami, Pittsburgh. But they probably shouldn’t unless the return overwhelms them. Keep someone at home to actually pitch in 2014. If Miami has any interest, maybe November is the time to talk...