Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/23/13
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The Boston Red Sox plan to be active on the trade market as they battle for supremacy in the rugged American League East. The Red Sox have been one of baseball's best teams all year, but their bullpen has been gutted by injuries, they face questions about the health of key players like All-Star starter Clay Buchholz and the Tampa Bay Rays seemingly never lose. As a result, Boston will be looking to bolster its roster as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. “I think we’re going to be fairly aggressive,” Mike Hazen, the team's vice president and assistant general manager, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030, according to Boston.com. “But it’s got to be the right deal. We’re not going to just do dumb things for the sake of making moves. We have a really good team. That’s because we have a lot of good players playing really well and we’re not going to upset the fabric of that club, given what it’s done to date. We’re going to look to complement that club in any way that we can. So, from that standpoint, we’ll be very aggressive in evaluating all opportunities.” One key question is whether Boston will seek a starting pitcher. Lingering shoulder soreness has limited Buchholz to just two games since May 22 (though the club got good news Monday when Dr. James Andrews examined the pitcher and agreed with an earlier opinion that his right shoulder showed no significant structural damage). Another starting pitcher, Jon Lester, has been largely ineffective.
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