Call it a hot stove in July or just pure trade speculation that comes with the end of the month rapidly approaching. Either way the Red Sox are one of many teams that continue to have rumors swirling abound regarding potential deals they may or may not make at this year’s trade deadline. With those swirling winds of trade can come conflicting reports and none more evident than those regarding the Cubs pitcher Matt Garza and our beloved Red Sox.
First, Buster Olney of ESPN pegs the Red Sox to be the front runners to land Garza when he was a guest on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike show on Friday. This after we learnt the Sox were officially out on the Cubs, Ryan Dempster, citing Boston is more interested in acquiring long-term pieces than a player like Dempster who is likely bound for free-agency after the year.
That all sounds great for us fans that truly believe the Red Sox need to trade for a starter to bolster their shaky rotation. So hurry up and make the deal then if Boston is the early front runner right? Not so fast.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweeted that the Red Sox are “lagging behind” other teams in pursuit of Garza. Cafardo cites that not all front office personnel with the Red Sox are convinced that acquiring Garza would be an upgrade from what the club currently has.
So here we sit roughly ten days away from the deadline and just when we hear the Sox could be destined to land an above average arm in an AL East battle tested pitcher, we learn from another source that it’s best if we don’t get our hopes up. Ahh, the anticipation leading up to the trading deadline. It can drive a man to drinking!
Stay tuned to BSI as we’ll follow this story and all the other Red Sox news right up to the deadline.