5 relievers the Boston Red Sox need to target this trade season

May 28, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Daniel Bard (52) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
May 28, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Daniel Bard (52) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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New York Yankees targeting David Bednar?
Jun 5, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher David Bednar (51) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning at PNC Park. Pittsburgh shutout Arizona 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

David Bednar

Maybe a bit of a pipe dream as, from what I’ve heard on the streets, the Pirates aren’t very much interested in moving Bednar this season. They have a very young team in Pittsburgh that’s looking like a nice young core is starting to emerge with Bednar anchoring down that bullpen.

Perhaps they want to keep that nucleus together, but if they do decide to move the All-Star closer, I struggle to find many better targets for the Red Sox this trade season.

Bednar has 57 strikeouts this season in 43.2 innings of work with a 3.13 expected ERA in addition to his 16 saves. Not only has he been pretty lock-down this season closing out games, but he’s also shown the ability to work two or more innings in four of those 16 saves this year.

This year, 10 of his 38 appearances have been outings of over an inning. For a guy who throws as hard as he does and exerts as much energy as he exerts, the gas tank is beyond impressive. I think if you’re the Red Sox who’ve been having issue after issue this year holding leads, it’s a big upgrade to bring on a guy like Bednar who can work six-out saves for you as we move into the dog days of August.