Originally written July 27, 2013 on Ted's Army:
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Absolutely do not reach for the panic button, Red Sox fans. But please do reach for your cell phone, Ben Cherington. You have more calls to make. Trade for a starter, call up Xander Bogaerts and let the chips fall where they may. It’s not desperation time. But some new blood? Yes, it’s time. [...] The Orioles offense is as dangerous as the Rays rotation, while the Red Sox fall in the middle with a good rotation and good offense. They are only a half-game out of the lead and can return home for Monday’s game with the Rays back in the lead, so there is little sense in parsing the standings at this point. But there is a danger in waiting for the Red Sox to simply right their own ship. Herald - It’s still early, but Sox must add talent My opinion is pretty much the exact opposite of Michael Silverman's here.  Heading into this season we all approached it as a "bridge year", or "rebuilding", or whatever label you want to apply to it.  We knew the roster was talented, and we knew the negative Nancies had been purged, so we were cautiously optimistic.  But still, our expectations were not very high. Despite that, the team had a hell of a first half.  Instead of a long-shot, playoffs seemed like a certainty.  But that all changed pretty quickly over the last week or so.  Tampa is rolling, the O's are finally getting their act together, which happens to coincide with Boston faltering a bit.  The Sox grip on a playoff spot could come to an end very shortly. From my perspective, as a fan, I say "So What?"  Playoffs aside, I didn't expect to enjoy this Sox season nearly as much as I have.  It's been a blast.  If the season ends prematurely, certainly I'll be sad, but I won't feel any sense of disappointment.  This isn't the 2011 Red Sox (aka "Greatest Team Ever"), whose awful season still stings today. I don't see any reason to mortgage anything for the likes of Jake Peavy or Cliff Lee.  Let's see how far we can go, then re-evaluate this winter. Unfortunately, Cherington doesn't get to adopt my lackadaisical attitude towards winning.  If he has a team on the cusp of a playoff birth (he does), who has some major holes to fill if they want to challenge for a World Series spot (he does), then he has to be a buyer at the trade deadline.  He doesn't have to be "All In", but he has to try to bring in a few part to push Boston over the top.  I would just hate to see the Sox lose some of their top-tier prospects on a season we expect to be ho-hum all along.  We'll find out soon enough. Rest of the links: Herald - Sox fall out of top spot | Notebook: Manny Machado success puts spotlight on Xander Bogaerts | Sox propose to immortalize Carl Yastrzemski |Globe - Why are the Orioles so much trouble for the Red Sox? | Orioles, Tillman shut out Red Sox | Middlebrooks: 'I have a good opportunity here' | Sox lose out on Cuban RHP Gonzalez | Falling out of first | CSNNE - Sox offense picking wrong time to struggle | Homers sink Lackey
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