Report: Red Sox flooded with calls asking if Swihart is available
Blake Swihart's red-hot spring has caught the attention of front offices around Major League Baseball.
Healthy for the first time in two seasons, the former top prospect is hitting .417/.481/.792 with one home run, six doubles, eight RBIs, and four strikeouts in eight games. That production has led rival executives to flood Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski with calls asking if Swihart is available in a trade, a major-league source told Sean McAdam of Boston Sports Journal.
Despite the interest, McAdam reports that the Red Sox don't want to deal the 25-year-old switch-hitter unless they can net an elite prospect in return.
In 2014, Swihart was the No. 2 prospect in the Red Sox system and ranked No. 24 in baseball. He's appeared in just 109 major-league games since, and just 25 over the past two seasons due to a serious ankle injury.
While his recent production has certainly been welcome for the Red Sox, he's out of minor-league options and without a position. So far this spring, the club has deployed him at catcher, first base, and in the outfield, hoping to convert him into a utility player in order to keep him on the 25-man roster - and perhaps showcasing his versatility to other clubs.