Until the July 31, 4 p.m. EDT trade deadline passes, the Boston Red Sox will be in talks to acquire some new pieces. Boston may be in the AL East basement, but GM Ben Cherington and the rest of the front office should steer clear of an overhaul.
Sometimes, it's the little moves that make the most sense. Case in point: The 2004 deadline trade that sent Henri Stanley to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for Dave Roberts. Roberts' stolen base against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS shifted the momentum of the series.
The Roberts trade was no blockbuster, but the deal helped pave the way for a Boston World Series victory.
If the stagnant Red Sox strike a trade, the sacrifice better be worth the reward. It's too soon to become sellers.
Here are five moves Boston should elude.