The Boston Red Sox need help. Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Dustin Pedroia are all back in the lineup. David Ortiz should not be too far behind.
Still, the Red Sox are just as mediocre as ever. Red Sox fans have been patient all season. Fans have held the “when they get healthy they’ll be one of the best in baseball” mantra close to their hearts this season.
Sadly, this is just is not the case.
It seemed the Red Sox were about to turn a corner with a Cody Ross walk-off home run against the Chicago White Sox. But just like everything else this season, the Red Sox followed it up with disappointment by being swept by the Toronto Blue Jays.
I am not a believer the Red Sox should stand idly aside and simply just let the rest of the season play out with their current roster. The sample size is big enough now.
The sample size tells me they just are not good enough. Yes, the talent is there. But whether it is Jon Lester underperforming, or drama, or injury—this current version of your Boston Red Sox does not seem capable of getting the job done.
What is clear: the Red Sox need to change.
The best deadline fit may be for the Red Sox to blow it up and start over. That’s just not going to happen. You have the second wild card spot to thank for that.
Obviously, Red Sox fans would hope the best deadline fits involved adding a missing piece here or there—but this team has to get bold. It’s go big or go home time for your Boston Red Sox.
You can file some these scenarios as wishful thinking, and you can file some under definite possibilities. But one thing is a common thread throughout, they all could help the Red Sox make a run at that second wild card spot.
Here I look at 7 possible players the Red Sox should look at as the trade deadline approaches.