The odds are still incredibly long, yes, but Boston is now 7.5 games out and will face the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays over the next 10 games. The Red Sox can make up ground and convince Ben Cherington and Co. that they should be buyers, not sellers, at the deadline.
That makes the next 10 games pivotal for the farm system as well, as many prospects will see their immediate futures determined by the major league club's performance. Should the Sox fail to impress in the coming days, you can expect major leaguers to be traded away in order to make room for younger players.
Should Boston succeed, however, it's possible we'll see a prospect or two dealt in order to bolster the roster for an improbable postseason run.
Players who have exceeded 130 PA or 50 innings pitched in the majors are not eligible for these rankings. All stats as of July 19, 2014.