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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Alex Cora: Red Sox don’t need to make splash before MLB trade deadline

With the July 31 trade deadline not far away, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was asked what he thought the team needed.

“I have my feelings,” he said. “They change on a daily basis. But one thing is for sure, Jaren Duran, Tanner is already here, Chris is here whenever he comes, and hopefully some of those kids who have been battling injuries throughout the season, We will be in good shape. Every team has question marks. Every team needs to add something to get better. I just look around and look at the standings and a lot of teams are in contention.”

Cora said she threw up a few names with members of the Sox’s front office. Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom has made it clear that Quora is heavily involved in roster decisions.

“Sometimes it’s not the big step that helps you win the World Series,” Cora said. “It’s Steve Pearce getting on, and all of a sudden he becomes a hero. Good teams, they benefit from good baseball moves, and I believe we’re going to make some good baseball moves. And if Chaim gets that Looks like, then we’re going to improve.”

While Bloom has yet to do what he considers a “huge acquisition” in his two years in Boston, he has a chance to do so this summer.

“I don’t think you need a savior to be honest with you,” Cora said. “But sometimes there are some things you need to improve. It doesn’t have to be – just to throw in a name – back in the day, a Gary Sheffield type of guy. Sometimes Ian Kinsler and Steve Pierce They do the trick, don’t they? Simply, different teams have different needs.

“I think the fanbase, they’re the same, they get too high or too low depending on what you get. At the end of the day, you have to play the game, and you know, to win the ballgame you have to What do you need, and what pieces do you need to keep getting better. I see it that way. I don’t think it has as much influence in the clubhouse as people think.”

The 2019 Red Sox never received any takeovers on the deadline, with former boss Dave Dombrowski deciding it was not a team worth investing in. They finished with 84 wins.

“Well, I mean, sometimes the players have one idea, the coaching staff have another and the front office has another,” Cora said. “We thought we were playing well, okay, but you see what happened after that. We didn’t lose against Tampa and the Yankees because we didn’t add any big names. We just didn’t play well. Timing is everything, We were coming from a week that, we beat Tampa two out of three, then we beat Yankees three out of four, but I think Sunday’s game sort of dictates a lot of that. where were we

“Last year, we sweep them, and we just keep going. That one, Sunday game we lost (in 2019), and then we had a day off, and it didn’t have that feeling. I Not wanting to say we weren’t close to those teams, but there were a lot of things missing that year, and I think it started with health. I think not, because we didn’t trade for a big name, that’s why Was that we lost seven or eight in a row. We just haven’t played good baseball.”


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