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Alex Cora: 'I'm comfortable with the guys we have'

Rob Bradford
July 21, 2018 - 5:05 pm

Alex Cora isn't stressing out about the non-waiver trade deadline. Why would he? Even with a few perceived soft spots on his roster, his Red Sox head into Saturday night's game 39 games over .500.

"I mean, honestly, that’s not my job. My job is to manage this team, and I trust the guys that we have," Cora told reporters in Detroit Saturday. "We’re in a good position. We put ourselves in a position that, it’s not that you put pressure on ownership or Dave (Dombrowski), but they understand that this is a special group, and that’s the only thing that we can control. Obviously, we have had conversations about everything that’s going on in the league, and teams always try to improve, but I’m comfortable with the guys we have. I think we have a lot of options."

The Red Sox are still scouring the trade market for a potential upgrade in the bullpen, with special assistant to the Dave Dombrowski, Frank Wren, spending the weekend in Minnesota watching the Twins and Royals . (The Sox are rumored to have interest in Minnesota closer Fernando Rodney, with some other players on each team viewed as potential trade targets for Boston.)

But while the prospect of locking up someone like Baltimore reliever Zach Britton is appealing, Cora's team does have internal options if a deal can't be struck. Matt Barnes continues his run as one of the game's best set-up men over the past two months, while Heath Hembree has emerged as a legitimate weapon while coming with runners on base.

There is also the potential of the struggling Joe Kelly, newcomer Ryan Brasier and Tyler Thornburg, who has shown some promise since returning from his thoracic outlet surgery.

"We’ve got Work (Brandon Workman) too, he’s throwing the ball well," Cora told reporters. "I was just talking to (pitching coach) Dana (LeVangie) about it, we’ve got options, a lot of options now. I think we’re going to be in a good position that we’re going to keep these guys fresh and at the same time, we’re going to contribute. With all the off days in August, and the way they’re throwing the ball and how many guys we have, we should be OK."

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