With the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. today, the Boston Red Sox might make a deal for a front of the rotation starting pitcher who is under team control longterm and could help them next year and beyond. 
Or they might just stand pat and sign one of the several big-name free agent starters who will be on the market this coming offseason such as Jeff Samardzija, who told MassLive.com this week that he’d be open to signing with the Boston Red Sox.   
For a list of some starters who the Sox could pursue at the trade deadline, click here. 
Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart and Eduardo Rodriguez are the Red Sox players with the most trade value but GM Ben Cherington of course is reluctant to part with any of these four and he should be. 
That said, Boston will have to give up something of value to get something of value. 
So who do the Sox have of value not named Betts, Bogaerts, Swihart and Rodriguez?
The young core 
Boston has the top ranked farm system in the majors, according to ESPN’s Keith Law. That’s a start. 
On his MLB top 50 prospect list, Law ranked Red Sox prospects Rafael Devers eighth, Manuel Margot 11th, Yoan Moncada 14th, Henry Owens 37th and Javier Guerra 48th.
The only issue here is that Devers is just 18 years old, Margot is 20, Moncada is 20 and Guerra is 19. Devers, Moncada and Guerra still are in Low-A Greenville while Margot is at Double-A Portland.
Yes, all these players have value, but teams who are trading away important players/pitchers on their major league roster typically are inclined to ask for a headline prospect who is in the higher levels of the minors for the obvious reasons. 
Players in Double A and Triple A are easier to project as big leaguers than those in Low A. 
The two Cuban signees: Moncada and Castillo 
The Red Sox certainly don’t want to trade Moncada, the 20-year-old Cuban phenom who they inked to a $31.5 million signing bonus this past spring.
But of note, the Dodgers agreed to a six-year, $62.5-million deal with 30-year-old Cuban Hector Olivera in the spring and then traded him this week to the Braves in a three-team deal that allowed them to get starter Mat Latos from the Marlins. 
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