There are reports that suggest that the Red Sox will have a quiet remainder of the Trade Deadline.
On Friday afternoon, ESPN released a collective trade rumor piece that featured various whispers around Major League Baseball. Included in this was the expectation that the Red Sox would be finished at the deadline, or at least cautious of a big splash.
ESPN’s, Joon Lee mentioned that “Dave Dombrowski emphasized that the Red Sox were committed to maintaining the top of their prospect pool” and that “Boston will likely not chase a reliever at the deadline.” Through various WEEI appearances, Dombrowski has hinted around this exact notion by highlighting the return of Nathan Eovaldi as the essence of a deadline acquisition.
A report such as this, is exactly what Red Sox fans are hoping not to hear. While it shouldn’t come as a surprise, it feels like Boston is stuck in the middle of “pushing the chips in” to compete for a World Series this season, or be proactive for future seasons and be open to selling a few assets. Dave Dombrowski knows as well as anyone of the dangers of middling between the two, and the Red Sox can’t get sucked into that.
In order to win a World Series against the lethal offenses of the Houston Astros and New York Yankees in the American League and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves in the National League, the Red Sox are going to need to add more than Andrew Cashner. The former Orioles’ starter has been very mediocre since joining Boston’s rotation, which many had hoped would inspire Dombrowski to add a reliever and move Nathan Eovaldi back to the ‘pen – or at least have it as a contingency plan.
There’s a need to acquire high quality depth to bolster the Red Sox bullpen. Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman, and even Darwinzon Hernandez are solid assets within an arsenal, but alone, aren’t going to shut down these high flying offenses. A calculated decision is required to add a Will Smith of the San Francisco Giants, Seth Lugo of the New York Mets, or Alex Colome of the Chicago White Sox. Dombrowski would likely shy away from the prospect packages that it would take to add Ken Giles or Kirby Yates, but he shouldn’t hesitate to make a move.
The coming days will highly influence Dave Dombrowski’s decision, one way or another; however being passive isn’t the way to win a World Series. As currently composed, the Red Sox aren’t fit to win a title, but they can be – and their aggressive GM should make a push to add quality depth to a unit that doesn’t have top tier options.