There was a lot of chatter surrounding the Red Sox and Monday's trade deadline. The Sox were in on names such as Chris Sale, Jonathan Lucroy and even Carlos Beltran. After all the back and forth, the Red Sox' only move was trading for left handed specialist Fernando Abad from Minnesota. A move which left a lot of Sox fans with something to desire.
Starting pitching wasn't the only hole that this Boston team needed to fill, but most, if not all of the buzz was about Chris Sale. After being forced to watch David Price struggle and watch the likes of Clay Buchholz and Sean O'Sullivan fight for the fifth spot, it is no wonder why Sox fans wanted Sale.
The only problem in wanting a pitcher like Chris Sale is that he is one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball and therefore, you would need to give up something to get something. Fans were not willing to part ways with top prospects Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada, but still somehow wanted to land Sale. People spent all day on Twitter trying to contemplate ways to land the lefty without giving up their future studs, and since he is still in Chicago, it just was not possible.
4 o'clock came and went and the only move the Sox had made was trading Pat Light for lefty Fernando Abad. The bullpen has also been a problem for this Boston team, and Abad will no doubt help solidify the late innings, if only to get Tommy Layne out of there.
It is understandable that Red Sox fans were a little disappointed when Abad was the only move, especially after all the rumors surrounding Sale. However, just because Dombrowski only made one move at the deadline, does not mean that he did not do his job.
If I told you that on August 1, Dave Dombrowski traded for Aaron Hill, Michael Martinez, Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, you would tell me it was a great deadline. You would say that he added two pieces to a bench that needed help, an All-Star pitcher to a rotation that didn't have five consistent starters, and an arm to a bullpen that is well below average.
The truth is that Dombrowski was ahead of the game when it came to making moves this year; he did not wait to add to this team. The fact that he didn't make all these moves at 3:45 on Monday does not mean that he isn't doing his job, or that the Red Sox had a bad deadline. Selling your top 2 prospects for a starting pitcher is no easy move, and by all reports, both team's minds were made up well before Monday.
By Matt Watts