Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Trades Happening Left and Right, Cherington, Red Sox, Still Sleeping

With the trade deadline fast approaching (4pm, Tuesday) trade talk is dominating the Major League Baseball scene.  If you've been following along, you've undoubtedly noticed not only the number of deals, but the size of them.  And if you are a Red Sox fan, then that will make those deals seem that much bigger.

When the rumor mill got going, starting pitcher Josh Beckett was on the block, with GM Ben Cherington reportedly looking for a trade partner.  As quickly as it started, the rumor was snuffed out.  The Sox were reportedly interested in Marlins starting pitcher, Josh Johnson, but that news has all but completely died.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, in a very good position for a postseason run, have already acquired Hanley Ramirez, Randy Choate, Brandon League and now Shane Victorino from the Phillies in a deal made on Deadline day.

Former Sox GM Theo Epstein, with a next-to-last place Chicago Cubs team has been a seller at the Deadline, gathering prospects for Paul Malholm and Reed Johnson, as well as a separate deal dispatching Geovany Soto.  Not in the same position as the Sox, but still, the moves are getting done.

The Blue Jays, just a half game behind Boston, have dealt Travis Snyder and Eric Thames to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Brad Lincoln.  Another seller, but again, moves are made.

There is clear need for something to change in Boston.  Clay Buchholz is finally coming around, with another win last night to move to 9-3 on the season.  Other than that, their best starter is probably Felix Doubront.  If pitching wins championships, the Red Sox won't be winning any championships.

Injuries are always tough to deal with, especially the latest one to Ryan Sweeney, who will miss eight weeks after punching a door.

Offense hasn't really been a problem, I just think to give this team the motivation and to give its fans the confidence in them, some sort of deal needs to be made by 4pm.  .500 is unacceptable at this stage in Boston.  I have said it before and I will continue to say it, a $171 million payroll owes more to its fans and to itself.

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