Deadline countdown: Sox' options limited

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Deadline countdown: Sox' options limited

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
CHICAGO -- With hours to go before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox options seem, to be kind, limited.

Having pulled out of a deal which would have landed them Rich Harden from the Oakland A's because of concerns with Harden's medical reports, the Sox are still searching for a starter.

Beyond revisiting Seattle's Erik Bedard -- whom they were not impressed with in his Friday start -- the Sox would seem to have little to choose from.

Ubaldo Jimenez was dealt to Cleveland and Hiroki Kuroda isn't going anywhere, having told the Los Angeles Dodgers that he wasn't willing to waive his no-trade clause.

If they fail to come up with a starter, the Sox could always attack the problem from another direction by building up the back end of their bullpen. Then, instead of getting a middle-of-the-rotation starter, the Sox could rely on a deeper, more dominating bullpen to cover more innings.

The San Diego Padres are making Heath Bell available and could be talked into moving Mike Adams, though the price on the latter will be significant, given that Adams would be under control through the end of 2012. (Bell is a free agent this winter.)

UPDATE: Adams reportedly is being traded to the Texas Rangers.

Building up the bullpen with another late-inning arm might free up Alfredo Aceves to be moved back into the rotation if either Tim Wakefield or Andrew Miller falter.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

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McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

BOSTON -- If you think John Farrell's decision to hit Jackie Bradley Jr. leadoff for one night is the reason Bradley's 29-game hit streak came to an end, I've got some swamp land you might be interested in buying.

Such silly talk first surfaced mid-afternoon when the lineup was announced. With Mookie Betts getting his first day off this season, somebody had to hit leadoff. Farrell went with the guy who was leading the league in hitting.

That sounds reasonable. But not to some, who cried that putting Bradley at the top was (take your pick) disrupting Bradley's routine, putting him in a place with which he wasn't familiar, or asking him to change his approach.

Of course, none of those made much sense.

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley's major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Finally, Bradley hit two balls on the screws -- one to the warning track in right, just in front of the bullpen in his first at-bat and another in front of the center field door, some 400 or so feet away, in his third.

Streaks come to an end, even when hitters belt the ball hard. Twice.