All the Good Sports: Potential Red Sox Deadline Deals
The Red Sox have already started to wheel and deal prior to the Major League trading deadline July 31. They traded a low level minor league infielder last week for 35-year-old right-handed hitting journeyman Steve Pearce, who can play first, the outfield and DH. It's a good move by Dave Dombrowski but I have a feeling there are more to come.
With the uncertain status of David Price in the rotation and the lack of a quality lefty in the bullpen, that’s where the focus should be: a starter and a southpaw reliever.
A right-handed starter would be preferable as the Sox are already lefty heavy with Sale, Rodriguez, Price, Brian Johnson and maybe Drew Pomeranz. Among those out there who fit the bill are J.A. Happ of Toronto, Chris Archer of Tampa Bay and Jordan Zimmerman of the Tigers. The 35-year-old Happ makes the most sense. He’s having a good year for a mediocre team and his contract is up at the end of the season. Happ is your basic rental.
The lefty that intrigues me most is Baltimore’s Zach Britton. He’s just two years removed from 47 saves. He is coming off a ruptured Achilles, but he has been pitching and he could be that one hitter or one inning guy late in the game who can be so critical — especially against the Yankees. Plus, his deal is up at the end of the year.
It makes sense to me. Now it’s your turn, “Dealer Dave."
Ken Cail is the host of "Cail and Company" weekdays 12-3 on 107.7 The Pulse and 107.3 WEMJ.