As the trade deadline draws ever closer, there's an expectation that the Red Sox will be among the busiest teams in the game, eager to sell off some marketable players in an effort to hasten the roster overhaul that's so desperately needed.
The Red Sox unofficially kicked off the trade season Friday night with a deal that shipped relievers BrandonWorkman and Heath Hembree to the Philadelphia Phillies for Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold.
Unsurprisingly, the trade saw the Sox focused on their area of greatest need -- starting pitching. That's been an area of deficiency for more than a decade for the organization, with the team unable to duplicate its success in developing position players.
The Sox, with the worst record in the American League, have plenty to offer interested teams. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Kevin Pillar, both headed for free agency this fall, will draw interest, as will first baseman Mitch Moreland, also in the final year of his deal.
Indications are the Sox would be willing to take back some of the remaining money on veterans with multi-year deals, such as J.D. Martinez, Christian Vazquez and Nate Eovaldi -- further expanding their list of available pieces to move.
But Friday's deal came with a caveat: in the short-term, such deals are likely to make the Red Sox worse, not better.