As the Trade Deadline was nearing conclusion, Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox, came up empty handed.
Despite all the build up and excitement surrounding the July 31st Trade Deadline, the Boston Red Sox made zero acquisitions in the waning moments. Andrew Cashner, acquired from the Orioles, was the lone move for the defending World Series champions.
Red Sox didn’t make a move. Cora: ‘I’m not disappointed … it’s a group that we trust.’— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2019
There was a near zero chance that any credible baseball names felt like the Boston Red Sox would come out of the Trade Deadline with no bullpen additions. Despite the low percentage, Dave Dombrowski and company, stood pat throughout the various rumors and potential deals that were there to be made.
It was just a few weeks ago that I detailed the dangers of middling between becoming buyers and sellers at the Trade Deadline, yet there was no improvement. The Red Sox now find themselves in a bit of a peculiar situation, as management has “bet on themselves.” It’s quite clear that Alex Cora and company believe that this team has the pieces to win a World Series.
Dombrowski and Cora envision a bullpen unit that will be powered by the budding talents of Darwinzon Hernandez and potentially Tanner Houck, coupled with the struggling Nathan Eovaldi and others. The starting rotation has all the potential in the world to get hot; however past the midway point in the season – its yet to happen.
Only time will tell for the Boston Red Sox, but if the defending champions fail to make the postseason, many will be pointing to this missed opportunity to improve. It was a dangerous decision to stay put, but its one that will certainly define the 2019 Red Sox.