There’s lots of trade talk out there before the deadline later this month. Most of the talk has been centered around the Oriole shortstop Manny Machado and where he will go. Also what starting pitcher the Yankees will trade for.

It looks like all the teams that have a chance to make it to the post season will all be looking to buy and all the rest will be sellers. That’s the way it’s been in MLB for years.

The questions I have for you regarding the Red Sox is “Do they have to make a deal before the deadline in order to win the division title and get to the World Series?” Is there enough depth in the pitching staff to stand pat or should they make a deal for another starter or relief pitcher? Do they need another bat to add to an already potent lineup?

I wouldn’t touch the lineup the way they’ve been hitting unless there’s a serious injury to one of the top producers like Betts or Benintendi or God-forbid JD Martinez.

A few weeks ago, I felt that the biggest need was acquiring a good left handed reliever to come in to get good left handed hitters out even though Hembree and Barnes have been doing just that so far this year. It would certainly be nice to get Brad Hand from the Padres who has great stuff. However, the asking price may be too steep.

When the Red Sox reach the post-season I think they have that lefty in the bullpen that can make a big difference for them. Who is he? David Price of course. He could be the ideal left hander out of the bullpen who can pitch multiple innings or pitch to just one or two left handed hitters. He was successful last year and I think he can do the job this year as well. He can make a difference in the playoffs and World Series.

In my opinion the Red Sox don’t have to make a deal before the trading deadline. They have the horses to win the division and get to the World Series. They have options and depth with their pitching and enough hitting to beat any pitcher they’ll have to face. It won’t be long until we find out exactly what the Sox will do. To trade or not to trade that is the question.

-Rico

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