We are 10 days from the most frenzied day of the year in the baseball world, but just a day from the meeting that will shape the Boston Red Sox’ approach for the remainder of the month.
Clay Buchholz will be meeting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, and the results of that visit will determine the priorities of Boston Red Sox‘ GM Ben Cherrington heading into the trade deadline. There are three positions (third base, relief pitching and starting pitching) that have been widely reported as targets for the Red Sox. If the diagnosis is not favorable on Monday, there will be little doubt of the top priority, and that would be starting pitching.
The Red Sox have long been linked to Houston Astros‘ starter Bud Norris, but he is not the type of impact arm the Sox would need if they are facing a significant amount of time without the services of Buchholz down the stretch. There are really three pitchers that could step in and make a difference in Boston.
Jake Peavy, recently activated from the DL, is another guy the Red Sox are interested in. Peavy gave up just two earned runs in six innings against the Atlanta Braves, where the Red Sox reportedly had a scout in attendance to see Peavy.
The Kansas City Royals will need to determine whether they are to buy or sell over the next few days. They are currently seven games back in the AL Central, but five games under .500. If they choose to sell, their biggest trade chip would be Ervin Santana. Santana has quietly had a pretty good season, posting a 3.18 ERA and better than a 10/3 K/BB rate.
Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa was recently cleared and granted free-agent status. He is a 27-year-old righty with extensive experience in Cuba, his numbers are less than staggering, but a mid 90’s fastball with good movement makes him a viable option for several teams, including the Red Sox.
Whether it be by trade, free agent signing or improved health, the Red Sox starting rotation needs help, and you can bet changes will come over the next week and a half.