This week, the Boston Red Sox reached out to the Kansas City Royals about a possible trade for the Royals' closer, Joakim Soria, according to SB Nation. Kansas City was apparently seeking more than Boston was offering in return, so the talks have apparently stalled—at least publicly.
I hope the Red Sox have not given up.
Soria is an under-the-radar, high-quality relief pitcher who has had success closing, and he could be an excellent addition to the Boston bullpen. With Soria in the fold, the Red Sox would have some real flexibility—especially if the newly-acquired arm from Houston, Mark Melancon, does not adapt well to the bright lights and pressure of the AL East.
Here are five reasons Boston should be patient and persistent in their pursuit of Soria.