Johnny Cueto

Latest skid has altered Red Sox approach to deadline rentals

Rob Bradford
July 23, 2015 - 12:15 pm

HOUSTON -- With nine days until the non-waiver trade deadline, and the Red Sox having lost their last seven games, the team's front office has started crossing off one of their trading options off their list. According to a major league source, the Red Sox have (for the time being) stopped exploring the idea of acquiring a high-profile pitcher in the final year of their contract. Coming out of the All-Star break, the Red Sox had entertained thoughts of trading for what would amount to be a rental, such as Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto or Mike Leake. The idea would be to see if the top of the rotation starter might help the team make a run, while allowing for a relationship heading into free agency. But with the Red Sox dropping to 11 games of first-place in the American League East, and 11 games under .500, the team has gone away from that option. They continue to prioritize pursuing pitchers under control for beyond this season. One of the pitchers falling into the rental category was Scott Kazmir, who was dealt Thursday by the A's to the Astros in exchange for minor leaguers Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. According to a source, the Red Sox were not involved in talks for Kazmir in recent days.