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Red Sox reportedly called Nationals about Kelvin Herrera

Alex Reimer
July 31, 2018 - 11:37 am

It appears as if the Red Sox are still looking for upgrades in the hours leading up to the MLB trade deadline Tuesday. After acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Angels Monday, the Sox put in a call to the Nationals about reliever Kelvin Herrera, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. The Sox were apparently rebuffed, as Olney reports Washington is informing clubs it still intends to win this year, despite its 52-53 record and supposed locker room turmoil.

Red Sox vice president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has made three acquisitions over the last month, bringing in infielder Steve Pearce, right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and Kinsler. Domborwski told reporters Monday his biggest work is over. "If I was telling you right now, it probably would come out of the blue more so," he said, per WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “We still have a lot of conversations we've had with clubs but I wouldn't be surprised if this was the last thing we did. I know a lot of people keep talking about our bullpen, we like a lot of things about our bullpen, it's been pitching well. Again, we're open-minded but we're also in a spot where who's available, who's not available, do they make us better? We'll see. A lot of things come out of the blue the last day.”

The Nationals acquired Herrera from the Royals in June for three minor leaguers, including their 10th- and 11th-ranked youngsters. But Washington has fallen below .500, prompting speculation it could sell off parts, including potential free agent Bryce Harper. On Tuesday, however, general manager Mike Rizzo said he has no intention of dealing Harper before 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.

While Dombrowski has improved the Red Sox, they could still an additional reinforcement in the bullpen, given the middle relief corps’ struggles since the All-Star Break. Herrera, one of the best relievers available, has a 2.06 ERA in 42 appearances this season. He’ll be a free agent at the end of the year. 

There remains a glut of relievers on the market, including Bud Norris, Jake Diekman, Kirby Yates, Craig Stammen and Jared Hughes. All of them have been connected to the Red Sox in some form or fashion. 

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