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The Boston Red Sox, sitting five games ahead of the AL East, are 'open to possible' upgrades at third base and in the bullpen, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The Red Sox don't figure to be aggressive buyers at the deadline, but just appear open to the possibility of getting upgrades.
So what kind of bullpen guy are the Red Sox looking for? Somebody asked Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe that same question yesterday. His response:
need a lefty // RT @murrayhammy: @PeteAbe Rubby?
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 7, 2013
While we don't know who they may be targeting, let me give you a name to potentially keep an eye on. The San Francisco Giants as of now, are struggling. They are in last place of their crunched up division and far from out of the race, but if general manager Brian Sabean decided to sell, could a reunion with Javier Lopez be possible? It's speculation for now and I don't have any inside knowledge on it, but it makes sense. The Red Sox lost Andrew Miller yesterday to a potentially serious foot injury and need a lefty to fill his spot in the bullpen. While he isn't the innings eater that Miller is, he is one of the best pitcher against left-handed hitting in the game of baseball. Against left-handed hitters this year, Lopez has surrendered nine hits in 56 plate appearances which is good for a .180 batting average. In those 56 at-bats, he has struck out 20. He can get any left-handed hitter out in the game. While it is just speculation for now, he is definitely someone to keep an eye on if the Giants' struggles continue.
Okay, on to third base. This is the position where I don't think the Red Sox do anything. If they do acquire someone, don't expect it to be a big name like Aramis Ramirez, expect it to be a lesser name. I don't know of any names that would potentially interest the Red Sox, but a guy like Mike Fontenot of the Phillies. While many people have not heard much about him, he isn't too bad of an option. This year he is hitting .289 with one home run and five RBI's. Not exactly great stats, but he wouldn't be a bad guy to have sit behind Will Middlebrooks when he gets called back up.
While the Red Sox are likely to acquire a left-handed bullpen, it isn't likely they make a big trade for a third baseman. They could make a trade for a veteran guy like Mike Fontenot to play off the bench, but that is just a name I am giving out. We haven't heard of any names that the Red Sox are interested in for either position, but we'll find out sooner or later. Keep in mind that today is July 7. We have 24 days left until the deadline and we should continue to hear more speculation throughout that time period.
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