Sure, the non-waiver trade deadline is just about two months away. That doesn't mean the Boston Red Sox are not kicking the tires on some starting pitchers.
Their competition is, that's for sure.
The American League East division is a rat race right now. Only three games separate the first place Tampa Bay Rays and fifth place Boston Red Sox. Every team has their own respective strengths. (Interestingly enough, all are different.)
That said, the one thing that gets a team into October is pitching. Pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching and more pitching.
I can't stress that enough.
With that in mind, the Red Sox are obviously floundering in that department at the moment. True, generally speaking the starters have settled down and are stringing together some solid starts; however, adding quality arms should be a priority.
Here's a look at five realistic pitching options you can be sure the Red Sox are keeping alive.