Stock Up: MLB rumors say Boston Red Sox have become trade deadline buyers
There are going to be better choices for American League Manager of the Year, but Alex Cora should get some votes for the job he’s doing with the Boston Red Sox. He has the Red Sox 2.5 games back behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the final Wild Card spot and they’re doing it with a pitching staff that has been devastated by injuries.
Boston has started to make deadline moves as GM Chaim Bloom traded Kiké Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday for two prospects, ending what has been a tough season for the utility player. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but they are reported to be looking for pitching by August 1 after an impressive two-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves this week.
Bloom would love to sell off some pieces and he still can like Adam Duvall, but the thought of moving James Paxton or Justin Turner has been put to rest following the recent streak that moved them out of the American League basement and past the New York Yankees. The Red Sox are scheduled to get Chris Sale, Tanner Houck, and Garrett Whitlock back soon, which would be a major boost to their rotation. Trevor Story is also getting close to making his season debut and sometimes getting four internal players back at the deadline can be like making some moves.
Boston still needs another starting pitcher and a reunion with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez is a possibility, or one of the available arms from the Chicago White Sox. This season, the Red Sox are buyers instead of sellers, something that was hard to envision just a month ago.