One of the most frustrating things about the weeks leading up to the July 31st trade deadline are the persistent rumors that don't make sense. You know the ones. They take your favorite team and rope it into all kinds of scenarios that either aren't realistic, wouldn't be helpful enough or carry too much cost or risk.
Because they're willing to spend money, have a good farm system and have been buyers in the past (on a blockbuster scale), the Boston Red Sox have been linked to just about every big name on the trade market, including New York Mets Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes. Also, Ubaldo Jimenez and more recently Hunter Pence.
But just because the team is buying and these players may or may not be available doesn't mean that such speculation is always warranted.
There are plenty of quality players for whom the Red Sox could arrange a trade. There are plenty of guys who would be valuable additions to the team without breaking the bank or pillaging Boston's minor leagues. Fans and analysts would do well to concentrate on these real-world possibilities instead of perpetuating wild speculation.
Here are eight players that have been mentioned in the same breath as the Red Sox, but who would very likely be mistakes if the club were to deal for them. When it come to these players, the Red Sox need to keep on shopping.