The Boston Red Sox's already slim playoff chances took a huge hit yesterday. In addition to just not playing well of late as a team, it was announced that Boston will have to figure out things in the outfield as Jarren Duran will miss the rest of the 2023 season to have surgery on his toe. Duran was in the middle of a breakout season before he injured his toe trying to make a play at the outfield wall against the Yankees.
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Duran's injury could not have come at a worse time for the Boston. He has been one of the Red Sox's better players this season and they are in the middle of a tailspin of late. After they dropped a series to the Dodgers, they have now lost two straight to the Astros after last night's 6-2 loss. Adam Duvall has done his best to try to carry Boston lately, but the Red Sox are now 6.5 games out of a wild card spot with the Blue Jays ahead of them vying for the same spot.
Looking ahead to the offseason, the free agent rumor mill is already churning. According to a piece by Mark Feinsand, they are connected to two pending free agent pitchers in Lucas Giolito and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Considering the state of the Red Sox's rotation, it is hardly surprising that they are considered landing spots for two high profile ones. Yamamoto is particularly interesting as he is a top 5 free agent talent assuming he gets posted by his Japanese club as expected.
The waiver wire looks like it is going to be very busy over the next couple of days. The Angels made a really strong push at the trade deadline this year only to flame out in the month of August in spectacular fashion. The Angels are now waving the white flag and placed 5 players on waivers including their trade deadline haul of Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez.
There was also almost a no-hitter last night as Alex Cobb came within one out of pulling it off. With two outs in the ninth inning, Spencer Steer lined an RBI double that broke up the no-no bid and the shutout. Tough break for Cobb as he had pitched his brains out.