The MLB trade deadline is slowly arriving at July 31, 2010. The Boston Red Sox have climbed up from 13 games back at .500 baseball to 1 GB and 13 games over .500 after beating Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers last night. With plenty of depth and hot bats, is the best move at the trade deadline for the Red Sox to not make a move at all? Or does Boston need to fill some holes due to injuries in the outfield or add an arm to their bullpen to continue to compete for the AL East.
Should The Boston Red Sox Make A Move Before The Trade Deadline?
- Yes (61%, 14 Votes)
- No (39%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 23
The Red Sox have more injuries than a Bear Bryant football team at training camp. Beckett, Dice-K, Ellsbury, Drew, Cameron, Hermida and then dings and nicks of everyone else from the nature of an MLB season and playing every day. We have plenty of depth with the new faces in Daniel Nava, Darnell McDonald, Bill Hall and Felix Doubront. We have a shaky at best bullpen, relying on Ramon Ramirez, Manny Del Carmen and Scott Atchison but continue to be winning lately.
The Trade Market
In the live chat of CSN's, The Baseball Show, a few people hinted toward the fact that Carl Crawford is in a contract year and will be expecting a large contract if he goes into free agency at the end of the season. We weren't lucky enough to get the panel to touch the question, but our opinions were simply that we would give almost anything to acquire Crawford and sign him to that lucrative extension and move Ellsbury to center (if and when he returns) with Mike Cameron as a fourth outfielder.
The New York Yankees are rumored to be making an attempt to trade for Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee, an amazing pitcher coming off a great 2009 season and continuing to pitch strong. Unless Beckett and/or Matsuzaka are out long term, it would be great to fit him into the rotation if Seattle were willing to take Mike Lowell and some pitching prospects from us. Otherwise, just imagine the Yankees trading for Cliff Lee before the deadline and then signing Carl Crawford as a free agent going into the 2011 season.
Let us know what you think by voting on the poll and leaving your comments/opinions below and we'll see if the Sox can continue this hot streak and what choices they make as the trade deadline approaches.
Thanks to wallyg for the picture of Fenway Park.