Boston Red Sox: Why Team Must Gut Squad by the Trade Deadline

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Boston Red Sox: Why Team Must Gut Squad by the Trade Deadline
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A season after their historic collapse, the Boston Red Sox have been near the bottom of the American League East all season. They need to clean house at the MLB trade deadline.

Stay calm, Red Sox fans. Do you want to keep this team together and hope for the best?

Or, do you want to clear some payroll for the offseason?

With a 38-34 record, the Red Sox are now in fourth place after jumping above Toronto. They trail the Yankees by 5.5 games, but sit behind three teams for the two wild card spots. 

It is still early in this 2012 MLB regular season, so Boston has plenty of time to make a run at the postseason. However, the teams ahead of them are starting to catch fire.

The Orioles and Rays both have better pitching than the Red Sox, so they will be tough to beat. After a miserable start, the Angels are finally winning games and look like legitimate contenders.

Ultimately, I expect the Rays and Angels to win the wild cards while the Yankees capture the division crown. There is too much talent on these rosters, and they will continue to play well the rest of the season.  

Boston, 8-2 in their past 10 games, are not out of contention—yet. It may be a little early to wave the white flag, but they need to make some changes.

With the Kevin Youkilis trade today, the team has already started making changes.  

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