While much has been made about Boston looking to upgrade the left side of the infield, it is the need for pitching—both in the rotation and in the bullpen—that has dominated the rumor mill when it comes to the Red Sox in recent days.
Boston is emerging as a potential landing spot for Chicago's Jake Peavy, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. While I predicted the Red Sox would wind up Peavy with earlier this week, it's likely going to cost Boston more than the package I proposed, given what the Cubs got for Matt Garza.
Despite having plenty of young pitching to fill in for the injured Clay Buchholz in the rotation, such as Brandon Workman, manager John Farrell told Alex Speier of WEEI 93.7 FM that how those youngsters perform will have no bearing on the team's direction at the deadline:
[GM Ben Cherington] will be aggressive in a situation in a deal that makes sense for us. I wouldn’t pin our assessment of the trade market on Brandon Workman. He’s not the linchpin to whether we make a trade or not.
Speier also notes that Boston had interest in former Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez, who was traded to Baltimore on Tuesday, but believed the asking price to be too high. Still, he was only one of a number of relievers who the Red Sox have been linked to.
Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports that Boston had scouts at Target Field this past weekend to watch the Twins, with the Red Sox checking out a pair of Minnesota's relievers, left-hander Brian Duensing and right-hander Jared Burton.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal says that Kansas City's Luke Hochevar is on the team's radar as well, though he notes that Cherington and his counterpart with the Royals, Dayton Moore, have not spoken about a potential deal.
Hochevar, who was a disaster as a starter, has thrived as a reliever this season, pitching to a 2.00 ERA and 0.89 WHIP while averaging more than a strikeout per inning.