Red Sox

Potential trade-deadline targets

SEATTLE -- The Red Sox will be looking to beef up at third base and in the bullpen as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches at 4 p.m. on July 31. Here are some possible targets, ranked in order of desirability:


Note: The Red Sox' need at third may have been lessened by Sunday's promotion of Rafael Devers from Pawtucket.

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Jed Lowrie, Oakland

Pros: Versatile; solid offensive player.

Cons: Not much power; durability has been an issue.

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David Freese, Pittsburgh

Pros: Veteran with winning background; asking price would be modest.

Cons: Suspect defensively; no real power.

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Wilmer Flores, Mets

Pros: Can play other positions (1B, 2B); low salary.

Cons: Shaky defense; little power.

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Eduardo Nunez, San Francisco

Pros: Enjoying best offensive season; offers base-stealing ability.

Cons: Average defense; do the Sox want another former Giants third baseman?



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Justin Wilson, Detroit

Pros: Power arm that gets swings-and-misses; lefthanded.

Cons: In-demand reliever would come with huge asking price.

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A.J. Ramos, Florida

Pros: Controllable through 2018; has closing experience.

Cons: Walk rate (20 in 37.1 IP) can be daunting; 3.96 ERA is tied for highest in his career.

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Brad Hand, San Diego

Pros: Like Wilson, a power lefty; great strikeout numbers.

Cons: Didn’t blossom until pitching in pitcher’s paradise in San Diego; Sox would be wary of dealing with Padres after Drew Pomeranz fiasco.

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Pat Neshek, Philadelphia

Pros: Sidearm delivery makes him a nightmare for RH hitters; modest asking price.

Cons: Current 1.14 ERA may be aberration; has been successful vs. LH hitters this season, but not in career.