Since the Boston Red Sox lost closer Joel Hanrahan for the season in early May, they have struggled to find a replacement, including former Oakland Athletics closer Andrew Bailey. They seem to have recently solved that problem with Koji Uehara, who is filling the role very well.
Still, though, the Red Sox would like to have some setup arms to get the ball to Uehara. The Red Sox are currently 13th in the American League in bullpen ERA and last in saves as of July 11. MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes seems to know where the Red Sox are looking for that help. Dierkes cites a tweet from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo about scouting the Chicago White Sox's Matt Thornton, Addison Reed, and Matt Lindstrom.
Eddie Bane is Boston's top pitching scout. He's watching the White Sox relievers - Thornton Lindstrom Reed. Red Sox would love Healthy Crane
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 11, 2013
Diekers said that the Red Sox do not necessarily want a closer but, rather, a setup man -- although Reed does have 23 saves. Thornton is a left-handed specialist who could take over the role that Andrew Miller left vacant when he went down for the season on July 6. The White Sox would want "high-end prospects" for him. Lindstrom has a very good 3.03 ERA.
A healthy Jesse Crain (2-3, 0.74 ERA) would do the job well, but his pending return date is not yet determined. Crain is on the disabled list with a right shoulder sprain, his throwing shoulder. He has just started to throw lightly again.
The Red Sox lead the A.L. East by 3.5 games as play ends on July 11. They appear to have the closer set for now, but finding someone to get the ball to Uehara would do wonders for them in the second half.
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