The Boston Red Sox are off to a fast 2-1 start to the 2013 season, but injuries and ineffectiveness could become an issue later in the season, especially in the bottom of the starting rotation and in the middle of the bullpen.
The Sox do have pitchers waiting and willing to come up from the minors, but it might be a smart move to make a couple deals near the trade deadline.
Trade for a Starting Pitcher
John Lackey and Felix Doubront are the main causes for concern in this rotation.
Lackey is just coming off of Tommy John surgery, and Doubront only became a full-time starter last season. The Red Sox need to make at least one deal for a fourth or fifth starter sometime in the near future for insurance in case one of these two goes down with some sort of injury.
That is not to say that none of the other three starters could get injured, but Lackey and Doubront are more prone due to their history.
While the Red Sox have players like Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster waiting to get called up, it makes more sense that the Sox trade for someone who has been in the majors for at least a season. This way, the prospects don't feel as much pressure to perform right away.
Trade for Some Relief Help
Right now, the Red Sox's relief corp is pretty solid. Joel Hanrahan is closing, while Junichi Tazawa and Andrew Bailey are used as set-up men. Koji Uehara and Clayton Mortensen will get their jobs done, but a couple tweaks here and there could lead to injuries, as is always the case in most bullpens.
The Sox may never have to pull a trigger on a deal, especially since Franklin Morales and Craig Breslow are itching to get off the DL as soon as possible.
If the Sox are in huge need in mid- to late-July for relief help, then they will make a move. But otherwise, the Sox are ready to push forward with their 25-man roster to start 2013.