Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
The conversations are more frequent now four or five each day rather than the usual one or two and it’s enough that John Farrell need not look at his watch to know exactly how many hours remain before 4 p.m. Wednesday. When you’re the Red Sox manager the trade deadline will have that effect. As much as any team the Sox value their manager’s opinion. Farrell shares a close relationship with general manager Ben Cherington and other members of the baseball operations staff so when trade chatter heats up his opinion is sought and valued. “We have frequent conversations” Farrell said before the Red Sox reclaimed first place with a 5-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles yesterday. “Certainly (Cherington) is the decision-maker when it comes to player personnel and additions to the roster. We talk through it. He’s great at keeping me up to date about what might be coming down the line.” Indications from multiple sources are that the Red Sox are continuing to focus on pitching before the deadline. But given the fluidity of the market the lack of many appealing options and the prohibitive asking price by teams that are considered to be sellers they are not yet certain whether they will be able to add to a starting rotation that figures to be missing ace right-hander Clay Buchholz until at least late August. If they’re unable to make a deal for a starter they may then consider adding a reliever. For now at least Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy is the best available starter although the cost of acquisition is believed to be steep. If the Philadelphia Phillies decide to trade ace lefty Cliff Lee it would only be because GM Ruben Amaro Jr. receives an offer he’s unable to refuse. Regardless the Sox are determined not to trade an elite prospect from their replenished farm system especially since they still own the best record in the American League a half-game better than the Tampa Bay Rays and five ahead of the third-place Orioles. “I feel like if we get somebody great. If we don’t I think we’ve got the pieces here to succeed” left-hander Jon Lester said. “I think that’s the mentality in this clubhouse and that’s a good mentality to have. You’re not looking around going ‘I hope we do something’ and then we don’t and it’s like ‘(Expletive) now what?’ A lot of these guys are like ‘Hey it’s up to those smart guys in the (front) office to figure all that stuff out.’ ” Cherington’s biggest challenge may be balancing the potential short-term boost from a trade and the long-term viability of the organization. For Farrell and everyone else in the Red Sox dugout it’s easier to simply focus on the here and now.
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