Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal suggests that Sox GM Theo Epstein will be in a tinkering mood this trading deadline–with no blockbuster moves on the horizon. MacPherson suggests that the most likely moves will be to bolster the woeful bullpen (second-worst in the AL), but not involve marquee names.
This, of course, begs the question, “Will this be enough to make the post-season tournament?” (Thank you again, Bill Parcells).
There’s a lot of discussion about how the returning DL All-Stars will amount to a bumper crop of ersatz free-agent acquisitions. The problem is, by the time most of them return and are productive, we could be paying more attention to Tyler Seguin’s workouts at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. (translation for non-hockey fans: the Sox will be hopelessly out of contention and we will be focusing on the new young star of the Bruins).
In any event, this may indeed be the ‘bridge’ year Theo hinted at in Spring Training. If that’s the case, we should know over the next three weeks–which includes 21 of 30 road games.