Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington didn't field any 'compelling' offers, but was 'productive week, nonetheless'

Ryan Hannable
July 31, 2015 - 1:57 pm

The Red Sox were involved in many trade discussions this week, but ultimately the trade deadline passed without any major moves being made. The team did acquire reliever Ryan Cook from the Athletics in a cash deal. "We had a busy few days. We worked on a lot of stuff," general manager Ben Cherington said. "Talked about a lot of stuff. Big, small, in between. In the end we didn't find enough compelling to do much. It just didn't come our way. Thought we had a really productive week, nonetheless. We know a lot more about what may or may not be in play for us going forward in the offseason." There certainly wasn't the same buzz around this year's trade deadline as last year's when the team dealt away Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, Jake Peavy, Stephen Drew and Andrew Miller. This season the Sox had veterans with expiring contracts in Shane Victorino (who was traded to the Angels on Monday), Mike Napoli and Alejandro De Aza as the players who were rumored in trade talks the most. "There was some interest [in team's veterans]," Cherington said. "Again, it didn't get to a level we felt compelled to do anything. Again, without getting into specific names or guys, there could be things that we look at in August along those lines. We just have to wait and see." The general manager said a few talks were further along than others, but nothing ever got really close to happening. "There were probably a couple things that got a little closer. Not that I can be specific about, but as you guys know, this week you talk about hundreds of concepts, literally," Cherington said. "There may have been a small handful of it that got a little traction. but again, didn't get to a point that we felt like pulling the trigger now. We know what we want to do going forward." With the team currently 13 games below .500 and 13 games back in the AL East, the focus has shifted towards 2016. Cherington said there is still plenty of time before now and then to get better. "I think it's incumbent upon us to make real improvement between now and Opening Day," he said. "We didn't feel like it had to be this week and so we went into it with the mindset of we were going to pursue things that we think fall in line with improving in ways we need to improve to be [good] for Opening Day. If we find those things, we'll do it now. We'll pursue it. If not, we'll wait and tackle it in the offseason. "Like I said, we talked about all sorts of stuff. I think we learned a lot about our players, other players who could be available going forward and just the timing didn't line up to make a lot of moves now. We know what we need to do going forward and we have more information to guide us."