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Sources: Ownership ordered Dombrowski to keep top prospects out of deadline deals

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In the run-up to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox made two acquisitions – infielder Eduardo Nunez last week, and reliever Addison Reed on Monday morning – that were useful moves, but hardly qualified as the sort of blockbuster deals normally associated with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Despite ongoing questions about David Price’s elbow, the Sox were never involved in trade talks centered around either Yu Darvish or Sonny Gray, who were dealt to the Dodgers and Yankees, respectively. Nor were the Sox active in looking for a bat to upgrade the underperforming lineup.

There was a reason the moves made were relatively modest.