PHILADELPHIA -- Speaking to Joe Castiglione on the Red Sox Pre-Game Show on WEEI, Theo Epstein on Monday addressed the topic of the July 31 trade deadline. With possible needs in right field and starting pitching, the Sox seem to be obvious contenders to be buyers at the deadline. However, in a season that has seen many expected also-rans -- think Pirates, Nationals and Mariners, among others -- in the playoff mix, Epstein is aware that the amount of teams willing to deal could be fewer than might have been expected at the start of the season.
"Looking ahead, it does seem like there are so many teams in it and not a lot of obvious sellers," said Epstein, who is in Philadelphia for the Sox-Phillies series. "But it's never too early to think about the trade deadline and never too early to make a trade at this time of year. But people always take a snapshot of what you look like in one series or one roadtrip, and then those are your needs, and go make a deal. The reality is, our outlook as a club is going to change five times between now and July 31. The issues that we have right now, we might have an internal solution to, and then we might have a desperate need for somebody in an area that right now looks like a surplus. So we just have to be patient, be active, at least with our discussions, and be opportunistic if something comes about that might make us better.
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