McAdam: Sox 'not interested in short-term solutions'

McAdam: Sox 'not interested in short-term solutions'
July 28, 2013, 12:00 am
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The trade deadline is on Wednesday and there have been rumors of the Red Sox shopping for an option in their starting rotation. Cliff Lee is rumored to be one of the pitchers the Red Sox are looking at to fill in for an injured Clay Buchholz and an inconsistent Jon Lester.

However, CSNNE insider Sean McAdam says the Red Sox won't be willing to unload a great deal of prospects for a player who will only help Boston for this season's pennant push.

"They are not interested in short-term solutions," McAdam said. "If you look at the guys that have been moved already (Francisco Rodriguez and Matt Garza) … those were pitchers the Red Sox were not interested in because they wanted to get more than two months out of somebody they were trading prospects for."

Lee, who has experience in the playoffs, has a 10-4 record with a 3.05 ERA with the Phillies this season, but is owed $25 million in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Since Lee would be a strong option, the Phillies would want a strong haul of prospects in return, but McAdam said Boston would not be willing to deal some of its top prospects, such as Xander Bogaerts, Henry Owens or Jackie Bradley Jr.

"Bogaerts is simply the third rail for the Red Sox," said McAdam, who also said the team values Owens "very highly" and could see Bradley Jr. as the replacement for Jacoby Ellsbury if he leaves Boston during the offseason.