Source: Sox looking for bullpen help before deadline

Source: Sox looking for bullpen help before deadline
August 29, 2013, 8:45 pm
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BOSTON - Teams have until midnight Saturday to add players to their roster and indications are that while no big moves are planned, the Red Sox intend to be active in adding depth.
     
According to an industry source, the Sox are seeking righthanded bullpen help, as well as another middle infielder.
     
In the bullpen, the Red Sox currently have seven pitchers in the bullpen. One, of course, is closer Koji Uehara and four others are
left-handed (Franklin Morales, Craig Breslow, Matt Thornton and Drake Britton).
     
That leaves just two right-handed set-up options: Junichi Tazawa and Brandon Workman. And Workman, though he's been impressive at times, seemingly hasn't completely earned the trust of John Farrell in high leverage situations.
     
An industry source confirmed Thursday that the Sox are "looking around'' for righty bullpen help, though it's unlikely the Sox will be able to obtain an elite reliever.
     
After July 31, players must first clear waivers to be dealt.
     
According to one baseball source, the Sox are focused on a veteran National League righthander who has already cleared waivers. The source indicated the Sox believe a deal can be working out with the pitcher's team.
     
"If there's someone out there that makes sense for us acquire," manager John Farrell said, "you might see that.''
     
The Sox would also like to land a backup middle infielder to help out in September.
     
The major league roster now has starter Stephen Drew as well as Xander Bogaerts available to play shortstop, but in the event that Drew was injured, the Sox would like to have someone else back up Bogaerts.
     
It's expected that the Sox will promote infielder Brock Holt sometime on or after Sept. 1, but Holt, though he's played the position, is a not a natural shortstop.