GM Ben Cherington may look outside the organization to add another player or two for the stretch run.
Their record stands at 72-51, good for a two-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East and marking the most wins of any team in the American League.
That doesn’t mean, though, that Red Sox GM Ben Cherington is not constantly looking for ways to make his team better before the MLB Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline. While we won’t see any Red Sox mega-trades along the lines of last year’s blockbuster with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Sox are still undoubtedly looking around for help.
While the recent promotion of Will Middlebrooks and the success of their young relievers coming up from Pawtucket have mitigated the need for immediate help, the Sox are still involved in a couple of rumors regarding possible player movement:
The success of Yoenis Cespedes in Oakland has meant that the baseball world is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next Cuban free-agent slugger, and that man is Jose Dariel Abreu.
A first baseman who used to compete with Cespedes for home run titles in the Cuban league, he should be ready to play in the majors right away next season.
With Mike Napoli a free agent and money to burn, the Sox are a logical landing spot for Abreu. Cherington told WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan that Sox “just don’t know [Abreu] well enough yet” to make a decision about what to do.
Fans can be assured, though, that they’ll familiarize themselves quite quickly once Abreu is cleared to play and will make a play for him if he is as good as advertised.
The Phillies' Michael Young has cleared waivers, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, and is free to be traded to any team. His contract contains a full no-trade clause, so Young controls his own fate as to where he goes.
The Sox have long been rumored to have an interest in the former NL batting champion and the return of Will Middlebrooks back in Boston does not completely shut the door on Young coming to the team.
If Middlebrooks struggles or gets injured (both things he has been susceptible to in the past two seasons), the Sox will need a productive replacement for the final month of the season and, hopefully, the playoffs.
Should that happen, Young will likely be the best available option.
If the Red Sox decide that Will Middlebrooks isn’t working out and they can’t agree on a deal for Michael Young, The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reports that the club would have interest in the Marlins’ Placido Polanco.
A 37-year-old right-handed hitter with championship experience, Polanco would bring a positive veteran presence to an already strong Sox clubhouse. While he isn’t the player he once was with a .253 batting average and .599 OPS, he would bring versatility and would likely cost practically nothing.
The Marlins are always looking to dump players, so Polanco is an option the Sox will have available to them right up until the deadline.