Boston Red Sox: 10 Waiver-Wire Pickups That Could Spark a Run to AL Playoffs

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Boston Red Sox: 10 Waiver-Wire Pickups That Could Spark a Run to AL Playoffs
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Josh Johnson is one of several possible waiver acquisitions the Sox could use to spur them to the playoffs.

After a weekend series in Cleveland that did not go as hoped, the Boston Red Sox will need a torrid finish if they hope the make the American League playoffs in 2012.

Although their roster as presently constituted does not appear good enough to get them there, the Sox can bolster their team with a trade before the August 31 waiver deadline.

Although most available players are not of star quality, many would provide something the Sox desperately need. Chief among these needs, obviously, is starting pitching.

The Sox starting staff’s ERA presently stands at 4.80, the fifth-worst mark in the AL. Their struggles, more than anything else, have led to the team’s 57-59 record and fourth-place standing in the AL East.

With Will Middlebrooks likely out for the season with a broken wrist, the Sox are also in the market for a stopgap third baseman. Their relief pitching, too, has struggled of late, and the bullpen could perhaps use one additional, fresh arm to finish out the year.

Although the wild card is still within reach (they are still just 5.5 games back, despite their struggles), the Sox need a strong final push if they want to have any shot at playing in October. Here are 10 players who, if acquired, may help spur the Sox to a miraculous playoff berth:

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