The Boston Red Sox are showing interest in Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, a source with knowledge of the situation told Cover Those Bases on Wednesday.
However, Yelich is likely staying put unless the Red Sox "make an incredible offer," the source said. Yelich has been a large part of the Marlins already in his young career, as the 22-year-old won the Marlins Heart and Hustle award given my the MLB Players Alumni Association just a short time ago.
The Marlins and Red Sox are in trade talks over Red Sox starter John Lackey, according to reports, so Yelich may be moved if the deal becomes larger than what the discussions are currently noting. Lackey is a free agent at the end of the season (barring a option), so the only way that Yelich gets moved is if the deal includes more than just Lackey. Yelich has a lot of potential that the Marlins do not want to miss out on.
On the season, Yelich is hitting a triple-slash line of .276/.355/.417 with eight home runs and 36 runs batted in in 403 plate appearances. The up-and-coming star was drafted in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft and does not become arbitration-eligible until the 2017 season. He under Marlins team control through 2019, a valuable piece to have on their roster.