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MLB trade deadline: Red Sox scrambling to find bullpen arm as deadline nears

Connor Donahue
July 30, 2018 - 10:04 am

As Tuesday’s 4 P.M. trade deadline nears, the Red Sox have yet to add a piece to the bullpen for the final push for a title. Relievers are coming off the market quickly, so if there's a move to be made, Dave Dombrowski needs to act fast.

Jim Bowden reported that the Red Sox are one of four teams who are “in” on practically every reliever on the market.

As Bowden puts it, “From Kela to Barraclough to Rodney to Norris to Clippard to Yates to Romo to Stammen to Parker to Conley to Diekman to Ziegler…”

The Sox were one of five teams on hand Saturday to scout Rangers closer Keone Kela, according to Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram. The Diamondbacks, Pirates, Giants and Indians were also in attendance.

The 25-year-old owns a 3.28 ERA over 35 2/3 innings and 23 saves on 24 opportunities. He’s making just $1.2 million this year and has three more arbitration-eligible years remaining. For the record, Kela did not appear in the game Saturday.

With third baseman Rafael Devers heading to the DL, the Red Sox might also feel the need to add an infielder into the mix.

The Rangers have a potential trade chip in veteran Adrian Beltre, who will be a free agent at the end of the season. Beltre, who owns a full no-trade clause, talked to Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant about the possibility of a move.

“We have talked. I’ve always been at peace with being here,” Beltre said. “Obviously, we have talked before [about a trade], and if it makes sense for both parties, I would consider it. But up until now, there’s nothing concrete that we can sit and talk about.”

There’s a chance Beltre might seriously consider rejoining the Red Sox. They are, after all, the best team in baseball and Beltre had one of the best years of his career there. This year, the 39-year-old is hitting .292 with five home runs and 33 RBI’s.

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