Red Sox Trade Rumors: 4 Players They Can Still Acquire Before August 31

Brian RoachCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2012

Red Sox Trade Rumors: 4 Players They Can Still Acquire Before August 31

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    The trade deadline came and went July 31, but that doesn't mean the Boston Red Sox can't still acquire a much-needed starter for down the stretch . Someone like Josh Johnson or even a right-handed bat, such as Alfonso Soriano, are in the mix until the August 31 deadline for waiver pickups.

    The Red Sox are in dire need of a pitcher who can be the "ace" of the staff for years to come, because Jon Lester and Josh Beckett have struggled in 2012. But can they find the pitcher they need on waivers?

Justin Masterson

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    Justin Masterson pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 2008-09 and is now the top starter for the Cleveland Indians.

    Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe tweeted, "Even though the Red Sox saw Justin Masterson at his worst recently they remain interested."

    Masterson is 7-9 with a 4.47 ERA in 22 starts. He has struck out a team-high 107 batters in 139 innings pitched. He has only allowed 10 home runs this season.

    If the Red Sox could put together a quality package for the right-handed starter, then this would be a great deal for the future.

Josh Johnson

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    Josh Johnson was another name the Boston Red Sox thought about trading for, but it didn't happen.

    Jon Morosi of Fox Sports said on Twitter that, "Josh Johnson drew interest from , , , among others. decided to keep him."

    Johnson is 6-7 on the season with a 4.04 ERA. He still has the potential to be a leader of a starting staff and the Red Sox need to look heavily into acquiring him in the near future.

A Right-Handed Hitting Outfielder

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    After Theo Epstein left the Boston Red Sox for the Chicago Cubs, it seems as if he is trying to dump all the Cubs' problems onto the Red Sox.

    The Red Sox would love to have some right-handed hitting to supplement the left-handed heavy outfield, according to Nick Cafardo, and the Cubs have a great piece for the lineup in Alfonso Soriano.

    Soriano may only be hitting .273 through 96 games, but he leads the team with 19 homers and 61 RBIs.

Matt Garza

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    Matt Garza has already been through the AL East on numerous occasions and would be great to throw into the playoff hunt for the Boston Red Sox these next two months.

    Garza has a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts in 2012. He is 5-7 and has 96 strikeouts in 103 and two-thirds  innings pitched.

    Nick Cafardo tweeted that the Red Sox were out of the Garza hunt, but that doesn't mean that they could not claim him off waivers this month.

    The Red Sox need one extra starter just in case and Garza would be a great fit with his previous AL East experience.