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BOSTON — This isn’t a video game or fantasy baseball. We’re not dealing with trading cards (they still exist, right?) or POGs (remember those?).
The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline is a nice time to take stock of the league, including one’s own organization, but such due diligence doesn’t always lead to significant movement in the moment. And for the Red Sox, a team stationed in last place in the American League East, that’s OK.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said after Friday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline that the organization had a “productive” week despite its trade inactivity. According to the GM, the Sox considered options, gathered information and ultimately stepped away from the bargaining table without any new toys but with a much clearer view of the marketplace.
Fair enough. It’s not exactly a jolt of positivity — something Boston could use — amid another disastrous season. And it’s understandably frustrating for a fan base to sit in the corner while the rest of the league parties. But the Red Sox obviously weren’t going to be buyers, at least as it pertains to this season, and they, unlike last season, had very few valuable assets to sell. Standing pat is par for the course.
The Red Sox’s 2016 chances will hinge on what the team’s able to accomplish this offseason. Boston needs to improve in several areas, with pitching and defense being chief among them.
“I see the two as connected. I think we need to improve in both areas,” Cherington said. “Some of that undoubtedly will have to be with some additions from outside. We think we know more about what those possibilities are now than we did a week ago, and a lot of that has to do with improving internally — guys that are here right now, getting more out of those guys. But I think the pitching and defense has to improve, and we see those things as connected.”
Perhaps the Red Sox could have been more proactive in addressing such needs at the deadline, giving them a head-start on their offseason retooling, much like they did last season — or tried to do, at least — when they acquired Joe Kelly, Allen Craig …Read More