The Red Sox still are in a stage where they shouldn’t be willing to trade any of their top prospects such as Xander Bogaerts, Garin Cecchini, Bryce Brentz, Matt Barnes, Allen Webster, Anthony Ranaudo, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rubby De La Rosa. Boston still should be keeping one eye on the present and one eye on the future despite where it sits in the standings.
Boston should be willing to part with only a combination of midlevel prospects. Therefore, the better option might be to look internally at promoting Middlebrooks, Brentz or even Bogaerts, all of whom are right-handed power hitters. Bogaerts and Brentz are on the 40-man roster but the Red Sox wouldn’t hesitate adding either if they could help this team down the stretch.
The bullpen issue might be solved internally as well, with De La Rosa, a fireballer who has a 2.28 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 14 starts (55.1 innings) for the Pawtucket Red Sox. He is on the 40-man roster.
The Red Sox bullpen blew another save yesterday (before the offense saved the day) and has allowed too many homers in key late-game situations recently. With Andrew Bailey’s struggles persisting, there seems to be a need for additional arm or two. There also is the concern that, with the 38-year-old Koji Uehara now being the closer, he could wear down considerably in the next couple of months.
“Getting (Bailey) back on track is one of our main goals right now and it would give our bullpen a huge lift and this team a huge lift,” Farrell said.
RED SOX 5, TORONTO 4 Seventh Walkoff Win: The Red Sox earned their seventh walkoff win this season when Jays first baseman Josh Thole made an error that allowed pinch runner Jonathan Diaz to score in the ninth inning. Koji Uehara, who had been 3 for 3 in converting saves since taking over the closer job from Andrew Bailey, allowed a game-tying homer to Jose Bautista in the top of the ninth. A+ Mark: The Red Sox get a perfect mark for this series against the previously red-hot Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays came into Fenway Park on Thursday having won 12 of their previous 14 games. But the Red Sox took three of four against Toronto. Red Sox No. 1 Star: Brandon Snyder received the start at third base and went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. His two-run double in the second inning was his first hit for Boston after being promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket this past week. Dempster's Line: Sox starter Ryan Dempster went 5.1 innings and allowed just two runs, both earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out two. His ERA stands at 4.11. O Canada: Emma Joanis, 14, of Windham, did a fantastic job singing "O Canada" before the game. Odds and Ends: Shortstop Stephen Drew (right hamstring) continues to be day-to-day. He walked on the treadmill Saturday but had not run as of yesterday. ... LHP Jon Lester (hip) is expected to make his start Wednesday. ... The Red Sox are 50-34. Only three other times in franchise history (1946, 1978 and 2008) have they reached 50 wins by the end of June.