Boston Red Sox should stay put with the MLB trade deadline approaching
The Boston Red Sox are in 1st place in the AL East at the All-Star break. Being in first place can be misleading for some.
Boston has had inconsistencies out of much of their lineup and in their pitching staff from top to bottom. With the MLB trade deadline approaching in a few weeks, the debate on what the Red Sox should do will likely pick up.
There have been rumblings of adding another reliever to the bullpen. A few months back there was the Mike Minor Rumor, and on Tuesday Rob Bradford of WEEI connected Boston to all-star reliever Pat Nesheck.
Boston’s bullpen will likely continue to be an area of discussion. Any decision by Dave Dombrowski will likely come after an update on Carson Smith. Smith has been poised for a rehab for much of the last month but keeps on getting shut down. If Smith is indeed returning this year it would make sense to not make a move for a reliever.
If Smith doesn’t pan out, Boston has Brandon Workman down in AAA-Pawtucket who could be given a real shot at the Majors again.
Third Base Could Get An Upgrade
The other main area of debate is third base. A position that has seen Pablo Sandoval fail at earning his spot. For months Boston played musical chairs at third with Josh Rutledge, Sandoval, Deven Marrero, and Tzu-wei Lin getting time in.
Marrero is the best defensive third basemen in the entire organization but his bat isn’t the greatest. But he has been swinging a hot bat heading into the All-star break. Lin on the other hand was called up right from AA-Portland and has exceeded all expectations of him.
Both Marrero and Lin have helped stabilize the third base position making a need for a trade seem slim at best.
With Brock Holt, Rutledge, and Sandoval all rehabbing their way back to the majors, Boston has several options outside of Lin or Marrero to help themselves out from within at third.
By now you can tell that the best course of action I am recommending is one of no action.
This Boston Red Sox team has the talent to win the AL East and still have room to grow from within. But with Dombrowski’s track record, there is a chance anything happens.