Now that we’re done basking in the glow of yesterday’s thrilling come from behind win, and the team supposedly flew to Seattle without the benefit of an airplane, we turn our attention to today’s 4pm Non-Waiver Trade Deadline.
To figure out what the organization seeks, we only need to look at recent deals and who is on the Disabled List.
1. Bullpen help (Koji Uehara): With Koji not likely to return soon, and with two former starters in the bullpen (do we trust either???), this has to be the number one need. With Ziegler, Barnes and Kimbrel solidly at the back end, the middle and long roles need shoring up.
2. Outfield: (Chris Young, Blake Swihart): Bryce Brentz is a nice fill-in, don’t get me wrong, but it is my belief that the organization feels they are better with Brock Holt in his super-sub role. However, a 39-year old Carlos Beltran patrolling left field at Fenway is a question mark in my estimation.
3. Starting Pitching (none): With the recent acquisition of Drew Pomeranz, the Sox have three quality lefthanders in the bullpen. With Steven Wright and ace Rick Porcello (you heard me, Ace) rounding out the rotation, you don’t have a candidate to move to the bullpen. This is a solid bunch, and to package one of them for Chris Sale would a waste of a deal.
Now it’s your turn. You have until 4pm EST to weigh in and play Trader Dave Dombrowski. Comments?