While it seems unlikely that the Red Sox will make any major moves before Saturday’s midnight deadline, Boston could still add some depth to what it hopes is a World Series formula.
According to CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam, the Red Sox are seeking right-handed bullpen help and another middle infielder.
August trades are much more complicated because players must clear waivers before being dealt, but they still happen. Red Sox fans can just turn to last season as proof, as the Sox shipped Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers long after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
The Red Sox might not be involved in any megadeals this August, but that doesn’t mean a deal isn’t looming. McAdam reports that the Red Sox are focused on a veteran National League right-hander who has already cleared waivers, and they reportedly believe that a deal can be working out with the pitcher’s team.
Red Sox manager John Farrell had nothing to report during Friday’s pregame media availability, although he didn’t completely rule out the idea of Boston looking externally, either.
“I don’t think we’re any closer than [Thursday],” Farrell said Friday. “But as I mentioned then, if there’s something that makes sense, I know Ben [Cherington] is willing to do that.”
The Red Sox — whom McAdam reports are “looking around” for righty bullpen help — currently have four left-handed relievers in their bullpen.