Following a weekend mini-tour of the National League West that ultimately sent Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez and Clay Buccholz onto the list of walking wounded in the Boston clubhouse, Sox fans had to think that it couldn't get any worse.
And yet days later, Jason Varitek broke his foot, Manny Delcarmen went on the DL with arm issues, and the Red Sox roster officially started to look like the Quadruple-A All-Stars.
Get this: The list of Red Sox players currently disabled or battling injury includes Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Lowell, Jeremy Hermida, Pedroia, Martinez, Varitek, Buchholz and Declarmen. Three of those players are All-Stars this season alone.
So the simple fact is the Sox could use some re-enforcements. And we're here to float a few possibilities as the trading deadline approaches in a few weeks.
The above photo is of San Diego slugger Adrian Gonzalez.
Red Sox fans listen up.There's almost zero chance Gonzalez winds up in Beantown. Why? For one, San Diego is shockingly still in the playoff race, likely turning them from trading-deadline sellers into buyers. And to, the Padres will demand a king's ransom for the slugger, which would seem a bad idea for Boston. A team already seeking replacements from the lower levels would do itself little good by shipping a truckload of prospects out of town.
With that bit of business addressed, we can move on to more realistic solutions.