Last week, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski balked at the use of the word "desperation'' when the team announced that Nathan Eovaldi would be going to the bullpen when he's ready to pitch again.
Instead, Dombrowski allowed, the Sox were showing some ''urgency.''
On Saturday, that sense of urgency was on display again with the news that Dombrowski had obtained righthanded starter Andrew Cashner and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for two 17-year-old prospects from the Red Sox Dominican Summer League affiliate -- infielder NoelberthRomero and outfielder Elio Prado.
Dombrowski said he had conversations with other teams about other available starters, but found the asking price too steep for an organization attempting to rebuild its farm system. Part of what made the Cashner deal so attractive is that the Sox could make it while only giving up two prospects the age of high schoolers, players who are, minimally, four or five years away from getting close to the majors.
The ability to get Cashner almost three weeks ahead of the deadline was also attractive. The Sox have ground to make up in their playoff chase.