MLB Trade Deadline: Red Sox are believed to be done dealing after Ian Kinsler bolsters infield depth

Vincent Gallo
July 31, 2018 - 11:28 am

With third baseman Rafael Devers battling an injured hamstring, Dave Dombrowski pulled off a late night trade to acquire four-time All-Star veteran Ian Kinsler from the Angels. Kinsler cost the team minor league prospects Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez, but in turn, the trade strengthened the Red Sox infield depth.

Alex Cora can now shift Eduardo Nunez over to third base in Devers’ absence and Holt can continue to play the role of utility man with Kinsler now an option at second base.

Since the acquisition of the 36-year-old, the Red Sox haven’t been at the center of any trade rumors. Former Red Sox righty Brad Ziegler is currently being targeted by the team but it is the Cubs and Yankees who are currently seen as being heavily involved. It was reported by Jon Morosi early on Tuesday that the Cubs have not completed a deal for Ziegler, though are close to doing so.

With Aaron Judge expected to be sidelined through most of August with a wrist injury, the Yankees have been focusing more on an extra outfielder according to Mark Feinsand. Feinsand reported the Yankees have spoken to the Marlins about a possible deal to land Cameron Maybin.

After speaking with reporters, Dombrowski has expressed that it is possible the Red Sox may be done dealing and could stay quiet for the remainder of the deadline, unless something “out of the blue” happens.

Keone Kela, a relief pitcher the Red Sox were at one point believed to have been targeting, was dealt to the Pirates a few hours after Kinsler was landed. The Red Sox have inquired about Giants left-handers Tony Watson and Will Smith, according to Sean McAdam, but the Giants are hesitant about selling, as both contracts are controllable beyond 2018. Per ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Nationals have notified the Red Sox that Kelvin Herrera is off the table.

Sergio Romo was a notable name on the Red Sox radar not too long ago and is still technically available for the team to proposition. Romo has a 1.17 ERA against the Yankees in his last 7 2/3 innings (three seasons) pitched against them. Though aside from trading for Tommy Pham, the Rays have also been recently quiet. It is unlikely the two teams would re-converse following the swap of Nathan Eovaldi and Jalen Beeks.

It is becoming more and more apparent that the Red Sox believe in the bullpen it has already assembled. The team’s relievers emphatically helped justify such stance on Monday. Tyler Thornburg, Ryan Brasier, Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly and Hector Velazquez each combined for five scoreless innings against the Phillies to help the Red Sox to a 13-inning walk-off victory, reminding everyone that in spite of any past criticism, they are still 42 games over .500 with the team they have now.

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