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Speaking of the Boston Red Sox, general manager Ben Cherington has his hands full.
What, for example, will he do with Koji Uehara? The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo recently tweeted that while Uehara is "in great demand," the Red Sox "would like to hold on to him."
Now, if the Red Sox want him in their bullpen next season, that's fine. That shouldn't preclude them from trading him this year for a couple of prospects. After all, the chances he signs another deal with the club this offseason are likely the same regardless of where he finishes the season as long as there is communication between his agent and management.
Cherington also has to deal with Jon Lester. There is certainly a contract impasse, and the way things are going, the Red Sox may end up entering next season with a rotation that does not include the left-hander.
True, that may not be the worst thing in the world given the pitching talent the club has in the minor leagues. Regardless, Cherington is going to have to solidify a plan in the coming days.
And then there are the trade rumors involving Jake Peavy, who is still a target of various clubs, including the St. Louis Cardinals, per CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Even if the GM doesn't pull the plug on the season altogether, moving Peavy is a good idea considering that he is a luxury in the rotation and could bring back a player to cover an area of need.
Winners of eight of their last 10 games going into action Wednesday, the Red Sox can take the next week in a few different directions. More than likely, though, Cherington will wait until after the trade deadline and orchestrate a couple of waiver deals in August.
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