John Farrell

John Farrell: 'Guys are fully aware that the deadline is fast approaching'

Ryan Hannable
July 28, 2015 - 1:31 pm

It's no secret there will be more Red Sox players traded in the coming days. With the Red Sox 13 games back of the Yankees in the AL East and 12 games below .500, there will be some movement as the team begins to shift its focus towards 2016. Manager John Farrell noted there is a little different feel than last year, as there were many names rumored in trade talks -- notably Jon Lester. There isn't that one premier player or rumor this year. "The difference between this year and last year is I think you see a lot of rumors surrounding individual names, precipitating in trades," Farrell said. "That rumor hasn't been nearly as strong surrounding guys last year. It is that time of year. Guys are fully aware that the deadline is fast approaching. I don't think it's as prevalent in the minds of the guys here and the lack of that rumor. If there's anything that is kind of leaning that way, we try and give guys a heads up as best possible, but that's not the case." One player who has been rumored in trades after Shane Victorino was dealt yesterday is Mike Napoli. After struggling much of the season, the first baseman has turned it around of late. Over his last 10 games he's hitting .355. "It'€™s something that'€™s out of my control," Napoli said of possibly being dealt. "I come here, work hard every day to get myself better. Go out there, play hard and try to help us win that day. It'€™s something I don'€™t really think about. I come here and get my work in and do what I can." The Red Sox first baseman did speak of how much he loves Boston, but didn't want to get into much about how sad he would be if traded. "I don'€™t know. I guess I'€™ll answer that if it happens," he said. "I love this place. I bought a place here, I live here. Love this city, love the people here. I'€™ve really enjoyed it. If that time comes, I'€™ll touch on my thoughts then." With the Victorino trade on Monday, Farrell himself admitted it says the team is focusing now on the future. The manager didn't want to get into what that would mean for the team overall until after Friday's deadline has passed. "I think it's probably best we get through these next few days," Farrell said. "It's kind of a mark on the calendar that you -- I think there are some things that are obvious and if it affects an individual then that's when a sit down 1-on-1 comes down a little more regularly." OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- Brock Holt is doing better after missing the last two games after hyperextending his knee Sunday night. He could have played Tuesday. "Improved today," Farrell said. "Went through a full baseball activity. Ground balls, took some swings, he ran, change of direction. He's available tonight, but felt like it was best to give him one more day to get over this." -- Dustin Pedroia received a PRP injection for his injured hamstring Monday. Farrell said it wouldn't impact his return. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. "No, that doesn't change the original time frame," Farrell said. "And yet, there's kind of a projected date for his return. Pedey will be back to us when he's first available." -- The Red Sox have not made a decision on whether or not Joe Kelly will make his next start.