Mike Napoli might need to hit a few more convincing dingers before the Sox can move him. – Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox didn’t have a ton of valuable pieces to move, and July 31 was never about forcing a trade.
The Red Sox were involved in a number of negotiations during deadline day, but they didn’t end up making a significant trade before the 4 pm buzzer. That’s disappointing, giving they were scoping out names like Craig Kimbrel, Tyson Ross, and Carlos Carrasco, but it’s also not unexpected: the Red Sox didn’t have many major pieces to move to contenders, had already dealt Shane Victorino earlier on in the week, and are in no rush to start dealing prospects and the like just because someone is available.
Ross didn’t go anywhere, so the Padres can still trade him to the Red Sox in November or December if Boston remains interested then. The same goes for Kimbrel, who plenty of teams asked San Diego about but no one pulled the trigger on. Carrasco will still be on the block as the Indians seek to plug holes elsewhere on their roster, and the Sox will presumably still have all the trade chips they would have on July 31, too.

There was no reason for Boston to force a deal before the deadline: this week was about trying to find deals that maybe the Sox couldn’t let pass by, ones that looked better than something they could pull off in the offseason. That didn’t happen, so no big trades occurred — all that happened was the Sox sending the A’s cash to get former All-Star and current project reliever, Ryan Cook.

Ross will still be available in the winter, with two years left on his deal. Photo credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The other thing the Sox could have done was move pieces like Craig Breslow, Mike Napoli, or Alejandro De Aza, but again, what’s the rush? All three could be August moves — July 31 is just the non-waiver trade deadline, and a reliever, outfielder, or lefty-mashing part of a platoon could all end up hurt on one contender or another before August runs its course. The Sox won’t get exponentially less for swapping them out of the organization two weeks from now, as they were never going to get much, if anything, for them to begin with. Look no further …Read More