What's the Sox biggest priority at the deadline?

What's the Sox biggest priority at the deadline?
July 6, 2013, 10:30 pm
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The Red Sox lead the majors with 54 wins as we dive into July. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the team can’t afford to make some roster adjustments as the Pennant race grows older.

The Sox can use adjustments all around the horn, be it in the starting rotation, bullpen, or lineup. Substantial action by general manager Ben Cherington between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline could be what separates the team from the rest of the pack in the AL East.

Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald feels the Sox need to add a bat to the lineup, citing the 2012 season, where injuries to David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks exposed the lack of depth in the lineup, and led to an anemic offense the rest of the way. He feels the current state of the Sox lineup could spell a repeat if injuries arise.

“I’d like to see them add a bat,” said Buckley on CSNNE’s The Baseball Show. “Third base is a concern, [Phillies third baseman] Michael Young is on my radar.”

Lou Merloni is worried about a suspect bullpen potentially getting in the way of the Red Sox first playoff appearance since 2009. The corps is among the American League’s worst in several categories, including ERA (4.01, 11th), opposing average (.250, 12th), home runs allowed (33, 4th worst), and blown saves (13, 3rd worst).

“I would try to get somebody in that bullpen,” said Merloni on The Baseball Show, “I think you need more than one arm.”

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