MLB trade deadline: Red Sox reportedly interested in pitchers Tyson Ross, Carlos Carrasco

July 31, 2015 - 6:19 am

The 2015 season has been far from kind to the Red Sox. Their spot in the standings far removed from the playoff picture, forcing them not to consider trading for short-term rentals before Friday's deadline. Instead, the team reportedly is interested in starting pitchers that are under team control long term. That interest has taken hold in a couple young starters of note, including Carlos Carrasco of the Indians and Tyson Ross of the Padres.

In 21 starts this season, Carrasco has an 11-8 record and 4.03 ERA. The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 2.82 FIP, seemingly having pitched much better than his ERA would indicate. He is signed through 2018 to a four-year, $22 million contract that also includes $9 million and $9.5 million team options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The contract pays Carrasco well below market value for an above-average starter. The right-hander Ross, 28, owns a 3.38 ERA and 7-8 record so far this season for the Padres. He becomes arbitration eligible in 2016 and the earliest he could hit free agency is 2018. The Padres are firmly in the camp of sellers at this season's deadline and own many movable players and contracts. One of those is flamethrowing reliever Craig Kimbrel, who has been linked to multiple teams, including the Red Sox. The Yankees and Astros also are said to have shown interest in Kimbrel. The Padres reportedly were interested in Yankees shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo, who at one time had been viewed as untouchable. Elsewhere, the Mets are interested in acquiring an outfield bat, particularly after their almost-trade with the Brewers for Carlos Gomez fell through. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets are interested in the Cincinnati's Jay Bruce.