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MLB Trade Deadline: Red Sox Could Be In Good Shape Despite Dismantling Title Team
Published August 1, 2014
CAN TEAM REALLY CONTEND IN '15? ESPN BOSTON's Gordon Edes noted Cherington and Farrell on Thursday both talked about "returning to contender status next season," but there is "simply no rational way to argue that cutting ties with Lester and Lackey was the best way to do so" (ESPNBOSTON.com, 7/31). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Geoff Foster wrote the Red Sox "haven't quite gone full-Florida Marlins, but they are awfully close" (WSJ.com, 7/31). In Boston, Dan Shaughnessy writes it is "hard to figure out what the Sox are planning" for '15 and beyond. Shaughnessy: "No doubt there are other moves ahead. Sox fans had better hope there will be some money spent on pitching help during the offseason." The "one conclusion we can draw from all this is that the Sox are intent on not overpaying older players" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/1). In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs writes Red Sox fans "may be forced to live with last-place finishes, but Boston will not endure long-term rebuilding" (HARTFORD COURANT, 8/1).
PROVEN COMMODITIES WANTED: In Boston, Ron Borges writes, "Stockpiling prospects and draft picks is something the Sox believe in partly because young talent is cheap talent." That begs the question why Cherington made Thursday's trades. Borges: "Maybe because in the dark of the night he looked back five or six years and realized prospects are a crapshoot who mostly crap out" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/1).