The Red Sox find themselves in an interesting situation with the MLB trade deadline less than two weeks away. With a wild card spot well within reach, Boston could find itself looking for upgrades.
Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino appeared on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan on Thursday, and he discussed a number of topics, including the potential for a big transaction. When asked about the Sox’ chances of making a splash prior to the July 31 deadline, Lucchino gave Sox fans some encouraging news.
“Yes, I do,” Lucchino said of whether he thinks general manager Ben Cherington could make a bold move.
“I think Ben feels empowered to do it, I think he has the capacity to do it, when he took the job and in fact since then we have talked frequently about boldness. You’ve got to know when to be bold and when to be somewhat conservative and methodical. This is a club has been built on bold moves over the years, going back to the Nomar Garciaparra trade as one example. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Ben Cherington and the entire baseball operations are all pointed to working hard to July 31.”
Carl Crawford‘s name is one that surfaced in trade rumors on Wednesday, but Cherington quickly denied that Boston was considering dealing the left fielder. Lucchino said Thursday that it was actually the Marlins who engaged the trade discussion.
“Dan Jennings, the guy from the Marlins front office who drafted Carl Crawford, was up in Boston scouting, presumably, Carl Crawford and others when Ben let us about the fact that there had been an inquiry,” Lucchino said. “And given the encouragement that we offer regarding being bold I’m sure he asked them what they had in mind. That’s just par for the course for this time of year. You explore all the possibilities, big ones, bold ones, small ones, incremental ones, whatever you can do.”
Check out the video above to hear more from Lucchino’s interview.