Prior to their game on Monday night, the Red Sox reportedly traded catcher Christian Vázquez, making them both buyers and sellers.
The fit on the Red Sox for Pham is tough to tell right now. Jarren Duran could be replaced in center, but Pham isn’t a center fielder anymore. Alex Verdugo has left field on lockdown. Maybe there’s something with Jackie Bradley, Jr. in right field to be done. There’s also the possibility that more trades are in the works and the team will look a bit different once the dust has settled.
McGuire, 27, is hitting .225/.261/.285 in 166 plate appearances this season. He’s known as a quality defender and scores well in framing metrics. For the time being, it appears he’ll split time with Kevin Plawecki at catcher for the Red Sox, though as noted above, it seems like they are going to make a flurry of moves.
There’s a mutual option on Pham’s contract for $6 million for next season.
Left-hander Diekman, 35, has a season 4.23 ERA, 4.97 FIP, and 1.49 WHIP with 51 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings. He has given out 30 walks, which has been a problem, although he has recently had some successful seasons. Since the White Sox have never had a lefty pitch in the ninth inning, Diekman fits that role.
Pham, 34, has played in 91 games this season and is hitting.238/.320/.374 (88 OPS+) with 11 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, 39 RBI, 57 runs, seven steals, and 0.6 WAR. In his major league career, he has played all three outfield positions, but over the past few years, left field has been his primary position. Pham has participated in three separate postseasons and has three postseason playing experience. In 15 games, he went 19 for 54 (.352) on the offensive side with two doubles, three home runs, six RBI, five runs, and four steals.