New Boston Red Sox trade rumors suggest that a Daisuke Matsuzaka trade could soon be in the works. It shouldn't be surprising at all, given how many players that the Red Sox have already traded this season, with the potential there of clearing even more salary.
According to Buster Olney, Matsuzaka was placed on trade waivers and then immediately put together a good start against the Kansas City Royals. In that game on August 27, he went 7 strong innings while striking out 6 hitters and allowing no earned runs. It was his first win of the season, but showed he could offer something to a contender down the stretch.
The best thing going for the Red Sox is that Matsuzaka is in the final year of his contract and a new franchise would only have to pay part of his $10 million salary. His return from Tommy John surgery already appears to be going well, so a team needing a starting pitcher to eat up some innings should give him serious consideration.
The Washington Nationals seem like a great option here, but the Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers or Texas Rangers could jump in the mix if they simply want someone who can pitch down the stretch and help protect the bullpen.
What do you think about these Boston Red Sox trade rumors? Could Daisuke Matsuzaka help out a team trying to make the postseason?