by Zack Cox on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:12AM
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BOSTON — Each year, the final week of July is a strange one in clubhouses around Major League Baseball.
With the July 31 trade deadline looming just over the horizon, players on each team know there is a very strong chance of at least one teammate being shipped out to play the rest of his season elsewhere.
This is especially true for a team like the Boston Red Sox, who for a second consecutive year sit far out of playoff contention as the deadline approaches.
“You like that the attention and focus is on today’s work and preparation for tonight,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Sunday’s 11-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. “Sure, it’s a natural thing to start to see players get traded. Every day, there’s probably going to be a prominent name that changes uniforms. But I don’t know that there’s been a lot of rumor surrounding any guys in our clubhouse. If there’s any talk, what has been handled in the past is that there’s been some communication with the player that you try to stem some of those distractions or thoughts. But we’re not at that point.”
While a repeat of last July’s firesale is unlikely, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has said he will not shy away from pulling the trigger on deals that could improve his team this season and moving forward.
“There’s a couple of things that quickly come to mind,” Farrell said. “One is that you’re always looking for additions. You’re looking for ways to improve your team. You’re looking for guys that might come in to shore up an area that is in need of.
“I think the temperature in the clubhouse can be different depending on the intensity of some of the rumors. And our guys are smart. They’re aware of what’s going on, whether it’s communication from their agent or otherwise. But again, I like to think that we’ve got enough veterans that stay focused on what we’ve got to do tonight.”
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