Given their current situation, though, it was a wise decision.
GM Ben Cherington told ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald that the Sox “just didn't find something bold that made sense for us” and instead elected to make two relatively minor moves.
The Sox shored up their bullpen by acquiring left-handed reliever Craig Breslow from Arizona and shipped formerly-heralded prospect Lars Anderson to Cleveland. Beyond that, though, all was quiet on Yawkey Way.
While the Sox have traditionally used the deadline as an occasion to make big changes, they were wise to hold off this year. Here are 10 reasons why: