BOSTON – When Dave Dombrowski finally admits his bullpen is not a safe bet in October, he still has a chance to make a move before it's too late.
The Red Sox were the only contenders not to add a piece to the trade on July 31, while the Indians traded with Brad Hand and Adam Cimber, the Yankees added Zach Britton and the Astros acquired Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna. Instead, they decided to go with what they had, possibly adding from the inside, as Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright returned from injury later in the season when Nathan Eovaldi and Brian Johnson could move in the Bullpen.
In the four weeks since Sox Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree struggled for ERAs over 7.00, while Craig Kimbrel has released his valued month of the season. Joe Kelly 1
The group declines as seen Tuesday night when Barnes (4 ER, 2 HR in 0.1 IP), Hembree (1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB) and Kimbrel (1 ER, 1 H, 2 BB) Almost all the Red Sox cost the game in an eventual 8-7 walk-off win. Since Brian Johnson had only 4.2 innings and Ryan Brasier was not available due to a foot injury, manager Alex Cora had to trust his bullpen early. That started backwards.
"I'm not worried," said Cora. "I think we need to get better, I think the roads are going up now, a lot of 3: 1 counts, a lot of two hits, they're not good and they know it, it's something we do" We have the stuff, but in the end we have to do pitching. "
The truth is, the Sox bull did not shoot on all cylinders all season, and the best tracks from Barnes and Hembree came when Kelly could not get out. When Kelly turned things around, the two began to struggle as Kimbrel saw his performance go down, too, and as a result of all this, Boston stuck to his plan to do it without moving from the outside.
As hard as it will be for Dombrowski It would be prudent for him to do his best to make a move with only three days left to the close of trading.The Red Sox have one obvious drawback, because they are last in the exemption, all teams have worse records and can j Stop anyone from coming to them.
But good players have a renunciation at this time of year, and they do exist. There must be at least a handful of weapons that could be available to the Sox in the next 72 hours for a variety of reasons. The Red Sox could become creative and try to convert a starter who has granted exemptions, with Francisco Liriano and Gio Gonzalez among the names that have already been reported to have clarified
With rosters expanding Saturday and the Sox already has the highest luxury tax limit. Almost literally, the team has nothing to lose by buying one arm for the rest of the season. With Eovaldi, Johnson and Wright possibly entering the Bullpen competition with the forthcoming returns from Rodriguez and Chris Sale, there's no harm in using the club's open 40-man roster on another potential player.
As it stands now, the Red Sox have fewer playoff bullpen locks than any 91 squad on August 28th. There is no reason for Dombrowski not to throw another arm into the ring.