it’s too much time chaim bloom The Red Sox as of Friday’s trading deadline to take a step to consolidate, but its top competitors are already getting better.
Last week, it was the Rays who made a splash as they added a big bat to the veteran Nelson Cruz. On Tuesday, the AL West-leading Astros strengthened their bullpen by getting the reliever Kendall Graveman And Rafael Monteiro, then added on Wednesday with the acquisition of yimi garcia, who has 15 saves this season.
On Wednesday afternoon, a few more teams eyeing the playoffs got down to the fun. Yankees reportedly traded for power-hitting left-hander Joy Gallo, while the Athletics acquired the outfielder starling mart, one of the best players in the business market, in an interesting deal that sent the young and promising pitcher jesus luzardo to the Marlins.
The 32-year-old Marte, a 10-year veteran in the final year of his contract, has a breakout season with a career-high .859 ops and .407 on-base percentage. That should provide a spark for what has been an Oakland offense in between.
“It makes us a better team, a better team,” A’s manager bob melvin told reporters.
With less than 48 hours until Friday’s 4 p.m. trading deadline, Bloom had not taken any action as of Wednesday night. But it seems he is not ruling out any possibility of a first-place finish at the Red Sox for the next two-plus months.
“There are some areas where I think it’s a little bit more just puzzle pieces, like, ‘Hey, this guy would be a great fit and this is a very obvious fit, this is a very obvious fit,’ and we’re going to follow some are among those possibilities,” Bloom said in an interview with NESN on Tuesday. “But I think when you’re in this situation, especially with the focus we have to be here again and again, We also have to look for fits that either aren’t clear in terms of areas of need and instead they might just add to our strength or give us more depth or we see something where we say, ‘Hey, this Not only can it help us this year, it can help us in the next year and the year after that and the year after that. We are trying to do all this. …
“That’s where we want to be. It definitely makes it a very different deadline. In some ways, more complicated but a lot more fun to be in this position.”
The Red Sox Are Still Hoping Ryan Brassier, which got hit by line drives in a sim game last month, could be making a comeback this season. According to WEEI.com, Brazier will throw a live BP in Worcester on Sunday and will be there for a few sim games as the eyes of the reliever return in August.
“How he’s going to react to the hitters is going to be very important, you know. Will he be able to finish the pitches and be there? The manager alex kora Said. “Hopefully at one point during the season, he’s going to contribute. He was amazing for this team last year, he made ’19 strong, obviously we all know what he did in ’18, so He’s a big part of it. We’ve been missing him all season. It happens that, sometimes, when we think we’re being less bullpen-wise, someone steps in… but we’re hoping that He can contribute this year.
Hirokazu Sawamura Looked good in the first innings (right triceps inflammation) 1-2-3 for Worcester on Wednesday. The reliever deserves to come off the injured list on Friday. … Marvin Gonzalez (Hamstring) could go on a rehab assignment later this week, Cora said.
Chavis’ offensive crisis continues
up and down nature Michael Chaviso‘ The season hasn’t been easy, but with injuries providing an opportunity for the infielder right now, he’s not producing enough.
Chavis went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and was pinched in his final at-bat in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, continuing a disappointing 2-for-28 stretch in which he looks good defensively , but not as much on the plate. Still, Cora liked what she saw.
“Overall, defensively, he has been solid,” Cora said. “Aggressively, he made a conscious effort not to chase that pitch. I think he did a good job with it. The role he is in is not easy. He is still young and we think he needs to bat but where we are now, as per the roster, he is getting a chance to be with us and we are very happy with that. The way he is performing.” …
Quora said Eduardo Rodriguez She continues to feel well after starting with a migraine last Friday, and she is gearing up for her start on Thursday night. … alex verdugo Provided Red Sox’s league-leading 31st season outfield assist when they made the cut George Springer Trying to finish third in the first innings of Wednesday’s first game.