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Dave Dombrowski: Red Sox 'open minded to help' as trade deadline approaches

Ryan Hannable
June 23, 2017 - 6:16 pm

Although July 31 is over a month away, it's never too early to be thinking about the trade deadline.

The Red Sox added some depth by signing Doug Fister and Jhonny Peralta on Friday, but it appears they are open to more as the next month goes on. To that same point, the Red Sox have some of their own players coming back from injuries who could serve the purpose as mid-season additions they need.

“Well, at this point, we’re open minded to help," president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Friday. "I’m not going to get into specifics at this time on what else we’re looking for. Keep an open mind on a lot of ways on which we can improve. We have guys coming back and both the spots, I think Carson Smith is very important to us and our bullpen has pitched great. The other day, we struggled but that was one of the few times we really struggled all year. I think Carson still has a chance to come back and help us this year. at third base, Pablo, we’re still hopeful. Brock Holt, we’re still hopeful, can come back."

The moves the Red Sox made on Friday were indeed about adding depth and Dombrowski added the team will not be seeking a No. 1 starter at the deadline.

"We lost the depth with [Steven] Wright, and again when you get to that July 31st, you know you're not going to add it afterwards," he said. "I also, and unlike maybe some other clubs I don't believe that we need to add a top of the rotation type starter. We have [Chris] Sale. I think David Price continues to make strides to come back. His stuff is good he's just got to get back. [Drew] Pomeranz has thrown well for us. [Eduardo] Rodriguez has thrown well. We know Rick Porcello is a good pitcher, we just have to straighten him out. Hopefully it starts tonight. So we're not, maybe other clubs are looking for that No. 1, No. 2 type starter. That's not really important for us. I think it's more important to be in a position where we add depth for us, somebody that can help us win major league games if needed."

The trade deadline is set for July 31.

 

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