Most of the American League contenders improved significantly at the trade deadline. The Boston Red Sox will take their chances with a roster that has struggled to top .500.
The non-waiver trade deadline came and went Tuesday with the Red Sox making just a pair of minor moves.
First, they shipped right-hander Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-handed reliever Craig Breslow.
Then in an even smaller deal, they shipped Class AAA first baseman Lars Anderson to the Cleveland Indians for Class AA knuckleballer Steven Wright.
"I was hoping to do more and do other things to help the team, but in the end, we'd prefer to not do things rather than make decisions that end up hurting us in the long run," general manager Ben Cherington said. "We're happy with what we did, and most importantly, we're happy with the guys we have here. It's really more of a reflection on them.
"We believe in the group. We feel like we have a as good a chance as any of these teams, in this cluster of teams in the wild card to go on a run and win a lot of games in the next two months."
So while potential wild-card foes like the Angels (Zack Greinke), Rangers (Ryan Dempster), White Sox (Francisco Liriano), and Tigers (Anibal Sanchez) improved their rotations, the Red Sox hope that Breslow gives them an effective left-handed arm out of the bullpen. That in turn means that fellow lefty Franklin Morales can join the rotation in some capacity.
Breslow (2-0, 2.70 ERA) has been equally effective against lefties and righties this year, holding the former to a .660 on-base-plus-slugging percentage and the latter to a .680 OPS in 40 appearances.