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A trade between the Red Sox and the Cubs involving Tyler Anderson is no longer a trade option

The Boston Red Sox have turned their season around and are now back in a position to compete in a crowded American League, putting them in a position to make purchases ahead of the upcoming transfer deadline.

They were once linked to Angels star Tyler Anderson, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Anderson is likely out of the question this season.

“But unless they receive overwhelming offers, the Angles will likely hold on to starters Tyler Anderson (who allowed 3 hits in 8 shutout innings against the Cubs on Saturday) and Griffin Canning, as well as outfielder Taylor Ward, who are under the team’s control until at least 2025.”

With that in mind, the Red Sox would have to shift their focus from Anderson to a starter like Jameson Taillon of the Cubs.

Chicago is slowly falling out of the race for the postseason, which puts them in a better position to sell than they were earlier in the year. If they decide to sell, they could trade some of their players to rival teams like Boston.

Not only could the Red Sox sign Jameson Taillon from the Cubs, but they could also try to sign Nico Hoerner in such a trade. Boston could fill the two biggest holes in its roster with such a trade.

For the Red Sox to sign two players who still have several years of team control left on their contracts, putting together a trade package is complicated. The Cubs would likely have to send money to Boston to make this deal happen. And the Red Sox would likely have to add another player or two from their top 30 talent pool as well. I can only guess which players could be included in the deal.

However, the three candidates listed above represent a strong group of young players.

Zanetello is an extremely talented 19-year-old infielder, but his career statistics in professional baseball don’t fully reflect that yet. He would be a great addition to the Cubs’ system, but they would bet they can develop him here.

Richard Fitts is one of the better pitchers in the Red Sox system. Unlike Zanetello, Fitts is ready to be called up to the major leagues in the near future. He has shown several plus points and above-average skills. He fits the Cubs’ schedule incredibly well.

Rodriguez-Cruz is more of a project arm for the Red Sox, but if he can be polished, he’d be a pretty big part of this deal. He has several out pitches, but his command is a little concerning.

Both Taillon and Hoerner are having good years with the Cubs, but with the prospect of them falling out of the playoffs, this could be the perfect time to sell them at a high price.