As the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline looms, the Boston Red Sox will be looking to upgrade their bullpen. Specifically, left handed pitchers since Hideki Okajima continues to struggle. Here are the top 5 relief pitchers the Red Sox should make a run at.
One of the more quiet, but productive relievers in baseball this season has been Blue Jays relief pitcher Scott Downs.
As of the begining of the month, the Blue Jays have made Downs, Jason Frasor, and Kevin Gregg available.
For the Red Sox, Downs can provide a seventh inning option as Hideki Okajima continues to struggle. Although he is not the most name worthy reliever in this list, he has a leg up; he's left handed.
Florida Marlins closer Leo Nunez checks in at number two on my list.
This season for the young closer has been quite productive as Nunez has converted 23 saves for the Fish and has an ERA south of three.
The Red Sox have been rumored to be high on Nunez as he is young, and very affortable with a 2010 salary of just 2 million dollars.
The well traveled right handed Octavio Dotel checks in at number 3 on my list.
Dotel, has been a bright spot in Pittsburgh as Dotel has converted 20 saves and has an ERA just over 4 this season.
The Red Sox could easily use Dotel in a seventh inning role, which he has been accustomed to do over his career.
Former Red Sox reliever and Mariners closer David Aardsma is number four on my list.
After a great 2009 season, 2010 has been a down year for Aardsma. Despite being a bright spot in the Seattle bullpen, "The D.A." (as they call him in Seattle), has only converted 17 saves and has an ERA over 5. Certainly a possibility for Boston, but he won't come cheap from the rebuilding Mariners.
Pittsburgh Pirates middle reliever D.J. Carrasco rounds out my list at number 5. I bet when you look at this, the first thing you think of is who? Well, Carrasco has had a nice season for the Pirates as he has appeared in 43 games in Pittsburgh, has an ERA well south of 3, and can pitch more than one inning.
Carrasco could come cheap for Boston, which could be beneficial if they acquire someone like Jayson Werth in addition to a reliever.