This seems like a solid trade, and roughly similar to the one the Giants made to acquire Eduardo Nunez from Minnesota last season.
Yes, the Red Sox brought up Rafael Devers. But if you think a 20 year old who didn’t spend more than 10 games above the AA level this season is going to “all of a sudden” walk in and provide the Red Sox with a good enough answer at third base, all in six days, you’re absolutely crazy. Devers has big time potential. But he’s only 20! And still has a lot of development ahead. The move screams of desparation from the Red Sox, and I think we all know that they’ll still need a third baseman. Nunez definitely fits what they need, which is someone who can really get on base and wreak havoc ahead of their big hitters through the middle.
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The Giants in return are going to be looking to bolster their farm a bit, with closer to MLB ready talent, then 3-4 year project prospects. The Red Sox don’t have many “MLB ready” guys but Johnson is one of the closest pitchers they have to that level. Brian Johnson has made 11 starts at the AAA level this season, and boasts a 2.86 ERA, with a 1.21 WHIP. Johnson seems to be the best prospect fit, but you could always go after someone like Michael Chavis, a power hitting infielder.