2011 MLB Trade Speculation: 4 Possible Moves for the Boston Red Sox

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2011 MLB Trade Speculation: 4 Possible Moves for the Boston Red Sox
Manger Terry Francona and GM Theo Epstein

The sky isn't falling in Boston after all.

After getting off to the one of the worst starts in franchise history, the Boston Red Sox have not only rebounded, but they've worked their way from worst to first in the American League East standings.

All is well in Beantown, as the Sox have a two-game lead over their division rivals, the majority of the roster has avoided the injury bug and multiple big names have exceeded even the loftiest expectations to this point.

The sentiment regarding the 2011 season hasn't been this cheery for long though. 

Just a month and a half ago, one would have been hard-pressed to make a case for Boston's championship hopes.The team was mired in an epically horrid slump, a slump bad enough to produce headlines declaring it the worst start since WWII.

Many were ready to write the Sox off, and fans were left wondering how such a promising group could sputter and stall before even getting started. As May comes to a close, the Red Sox are now starting to resemble the star-studded team many projected to compete for the World Series trophy this year.

General manager Theo Epstein invested hundreds of millions of dollars into this roster during the offseason in order to create a contender in 2011 and beyond. Yet despite the recent success, this club is far from firing on all cylinders.

There are many areas of concern which could still derail this club, areas that Epstein will be looking to address before the trade deadline. With that said, here's the framework for four possible moves the Boston Red Sox could make that could put them over the top.

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