Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/2/13
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. With the trading deadline 30 days away, it’s hard to imagine the Red Sox making a blockbuster deal. After an offseason in which they avoided big-name signings and major roster shake-ups, they have compiled the best record in the American League and a decent lead in their division. There is no reason to think they will change course now and risk wrecking a good thing. They can, however, plug holes on a team that on Sunday manager John Farrell reminded everyone is not perfect. The rotation and bullpen each need a boost, plus the left side of the infield is thin. Here, then, is a primer on questions the Red Sox are asking themselves as they also begin asking other teams what they have to offer. Does the rotation need an ace or just a good starter? There is a long list of starting pitchers who are rumored to be available — Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco, Cubs right-hander Scott Feldman, Astros right-hander Bud Norris, Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo, White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy — but two deserve special attention: Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee and Cubs right-hander Matt Garza. Herald: Red Sox’ limited holes may not need repairs It's that time of year folks...get the hot stove crankin'! However, this year has a different feel as a result of last year's doings. For the most part, Sox fans have always wanted the GM to chase the big prize; this year being Lee. However, there's a larger sense of hesitation in dealing top prospects while also taking on a large salary (and rightfully so). I've always been one to hold on to prospects and watch them develop. Yet when a pitcher of Lee's calibur comes along, you have to think about it. I really don't believe that the Phillies will hold Lee ransom for top prospects given his $75-million owed til 2015. They're a team who are looking to clean up salary; much like the Red Sox last year. I'm still torn, but I'm leaning towards making a run for Lee. Buchholz always has a health thing going on. Lester is flat-out inconsistent. Now you insert an ace like Lee and you only have him until 2015? Again without giving up the farm, which I don't think the Phillies will demand, the Sox should put forth their best effort to get him. Rest of the links: Globe: It's time to start paying attention to the Red Sox | Globe: Koji Uehara embracing role as Red Sox closer | Herald: David Ortiz 1st by far in All-Star voting | Herald: Fenway plays defense | Herald: A doubles play | CSNNE.com: Four concerns facing the first-place Red Sox | Projo: As July dawns, Boston's bullpen is in flux
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