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Ben Cherington: ‘For the right player, of course we would consider trading prospects’

08.19.14 at 6:42 pm ET
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There may be 37 games remaining on the schedule this year, but for a Red Sox squad that’€™s 15 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East, it’€™s already time to look forward to the offseason.

Possessing both a deep farm system and a multitude of talented players at the major-league level, the Red Sox certainly have the means and resources to orchestrate a quick rebuild this winter, possibly by contemplating landmark trades with other clubs.

For Boston general manager Ben Cherington, the offseason provides a multitude of avenues for the team to take en route to constructing a winning team in 2015, but he added that parting ways with some of the organization’€™s blue-chip prospects would only become a tangible scenario if the right offer presents itself.

“€œI don’€™t think we’€™ve ever been unwilling to trade prospects. … For the right player, of course we would consider trading prospects,”€ Cherington said. “Clearly, there’€™s some areas that we’€™d like to add to this offseason. We have to figure out what makes the most sense –€“ whether that’€™s trying to add through free agency, trades. … There’€™s definitely times when a trade makes more sense than free agency, and there’€™s times when it’€™s vice-versa.”

One of the first prizes of the offseason may be claimed by the end of the week, as Cuban defector Rusney Castillo is reportedly “moving rapidly”€ towards a decision on signing with a team.

Described by Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes as “at least a four-tool player,”€ Castillo, 27, could fetch a deal for around $50 million when he eventually signs.

While he would not discuss Boston’€™s evaluation of Castillo, Cherington did acknowledge that the Red Sox have been one of several teams that have established an open dialogue with the intriguing outfielder.

Said Cherington: “There’€™s obviously been attention on this, he’€™s a player that we’€™ve seen and have talked to, but we’€™re just one of several teams that have done that, so there’€™s nothing more I can say about that.”

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