Boston’s Bullpen Stands Pat at Deadline
By Michael Silverman
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox are standing pat with their bullpen -- for now.
Baseball’s trade deadline came and went Tuesday afternoon without the Red Sox making a move to bolster their bullpen, an addition expected by many for many good reasons.
The Red Sox could still make a deal between now and the end of August, but any arm they desire would have to pass completely through waivers, which could pose a stiff challenge.
Late Monday night, just after the Red Sox made their “splash” by trading for second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Angels for a pair of minr-league pitchers, Red Sox president and CEO Dave Dombrowski hinted rather strongly that he could be done making news on the trade front.
“I know a lot of people keep talking about our bullpen -- we like a lot of things about our bullpen, it’s been pitching well,” Dombrowski said Monday night. “Again, we’re open-minded but we’re also in a spot where who’s available, who’s not available, do they make us better? We’ll see. A lot of things come out of the blue the last day.”
Besides the Kinsler move, the Red Sox have made two other moves within the last 34 days.
On June 28, they acquired first baseman Steve Pearce from Toronto to help provide a right-handed hitting backup to regular first baseman Mitch Moreland.
A week ago, the club acquired right-handed starter Nathan Eovaldi from Tampa Bay.
“Well, we made three moves, we’re trying to get a little better, we have a good club, it’s apparent,” Dombrowski said Monday night. “They’re a good team, they play well, they do a lot of things well but if you can get yourself a little bit better this time of year, you’re doing everything you possibly can to try and win it, so that’s what we’ve been doing and we think those three players make us a little bit better and give us an opportunity to hopefully bring home a championship which we’re trying to do.”