At the start of the season, the Red Sox certainly didn’t plan on being a last-place team in the AL East. That, however, has been the harsh reality for Boston and new manager Bobby Valentine.
The Red Sox have managed to turn their fortunes around a bit with a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. But if they want to contend, they may have to stay active in trade talks.
The Red Sox already made a move, acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Chicago Cubs.
After injuries to Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury thinned the Red Sox outfield depth, they had to acquire another player. Byrd has been good in the past, but at the time of acquiring the veteran outfielder, he was batting .070.
Something that the Red Sox have to consider is acquiring more bullpen depth.
The Boston bullpen has been terrible. Alfredo Aceves has had a rough transition to the closer role after Andrew Bailey went down before the start of the season with thumb surgery. Additionally, Mark Melancon has had the effectiveness of a pitching machine so far this year, currently sporting a 49.50 ERA.
The loss of Bailey has really hurt the Boston bullpen, especially with Daniel Bard’s move to the starting rotation.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cherington and Company add another arm to bandage the bullpen until Bailey gets back.
How’s that for alliteration?