Check out Cousin Jason's Cooler post for information on the latest trade talk, but check back here for updates throughout the day. Also keep an eye on our twitter box for up to the minute updates from those who cover the Boston Red Sox. Here is a look at a few of the topics surrounding the trade deadline:
- Will the Red Sox trade Josh Beckett? The Red Sox front office uses the Belichick theory of releasing information to the media. So, the fact that they are doing their best to shoot down rumors leads me to believe that they are trying hard behind the scenes to trade him. With all of the trade activity prior to today it is fair to say that he would be the best SP available on the market today. With that being said it probably is a 50/50 possibility that he gets traded. It would be a major coup for Ben if he could get a couple of top prospects for Beckett today.
- Can the Red Sox get anything meaningful in return for some of their OF, C and bullpen depth? The following players would be attractive to other teams: Vicente Padilla, Andrew Miller, Alfredo Aceves, Matt Albers, Daniel Nava, Cody Ross, Scott Podsednik, Kelly Shoppach and Mike Aviles. The Red Sox could trade most players from this list and not weaken their roster. Aceves is the only one on the list that would seem like the front office was giving up on the season, but I put him on the list as a bit of a sleeper because I think you could get a pretty big return for him and with Andrew Bailey close to returning they could avoid a closer controversy.
- Ryan Sweeney may have been the most likely Red Sox player to get traded today. So he decided to punch a door and break his hand (now that's dedication, obviously he doesn't want to get traded!) Good thing Jacoby Ellsbury didn't punch that door or he would have needed to have his arm amputated. Sweeney's injury also makes it less likely that the Sox would trade Cody Ross. If an OF gets traded today it will likely be Daniel Nava because his stock will never be higher.
- Mike Aviles' name has been mentioned recently as trade bait. The thought is that Pedro Ciriaco and Jose Iglesias could fill his void. Trading Aviles would also signal that the front office is giving up on the season so I don't think that you'll see Aviles traded. Iglesias fans may have to wait a bit longer to see him get his shot, but not much longer. If this team is out of contention in late August or September he will get his shot to play SS everyday in the big leagues.
- Finally, the appeal of the trade deadline today for me is the fact that anything can happen for the Red Sox. They are in the unique position of being able to do almost nothing and still compete for a wild card spot, they can be buyers and try and improve the team, they could be sellers and bring up some prospects from Pawtucket to fill the holes or they could be buyers and sellers. The uniqueness of their position really comes from the fact that no matter what they choose to do they can improve their team and get hot down the stretch and make the playoffs.