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If the Sox decide to shop relief pitchers, the Dodgers are interested

Jul 9, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

Koji Uehara AP AP

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers would be interested in a handful of Red Sox relievers should they be made available, including Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop and Craig Breslow.

Not surprising, as the Dodgers have one of the worst bullpens — at least by ERA — so far this season. Relief pitching tends to be the most commonly traded and most commonly sought-after commodity at the deadline, of course, so it’s not like they’ll have the field to themselves. The Tigers, Blue Jays, Angels, Reds and Braves are just some of the many contenders looking to shore up their relief corps this summer.

As for Boston: while trading John Lackey may not seem like a wise idea given that there is every reason to think Boston will contend next year, Uehara, Miller and Badenhop are all potential free agents. And bullpens are a lot easier to rebuild in relatively short order than starting rotations. Dealing one or more of them may be a way for the Sox to turn a lemon of a season into lemonade.

 

  1. Jack Marshall - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Keep Taz, peddle the rest–Miller, Breslow, Koji, Badenhop. What’s the point? The team can’t hit a damn, and waddya know, Great Communicator Farrell has no idea what to do about it other than to keep writing sub-.220 players’ names into the line-up. At least the 2012 team didn’t tank until the truck backed up to the dugout in August.

    It’s still all Bobby V’s fault, of course.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Who would you write into the lineup if you were Farrell? He makes a lineup with the roster he has. He doesn’t get to choose the roster.

  2. Professor Fate - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Giving middle relief pitcher Brian Wilson closer money sure isn’t working out.

  3. sabatimus - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Man, I like to think they wouldn’t trade Uehara, but the way things are going they might, and get top dollar for him. As well as Lackey, who will never agree to play for the league minimum next year (which he is currently in line to do).

    • rje49 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      I’d hate to see Uehara leave although he’s not as good as he was last year. Can’t see anybody giving “top dollar” for him because of that, and also because of his age.

  4. gerryb323 - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Joc Pederson for Koji. Who says no?

    • vanmorrissey - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Think that’s a good one. Pederson deserves the shot but won’t get it in LA since they won’t be able to move some of those bloated contracts on aging vets. Bosox going to the youth movement so why not.

      • ramrene - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Pederson will be the starting CF in LA next year so no… no deal. Keep wishing Boston.

    • jayquintana - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      I think Boston would make that trade in a second. For the Dodgers, do you trade the future for a chance of winning it all this year? Let’s say, for the sake of argument, he’s the next Mike Trout. Would winning a WS ring be worth trading away a future Hall of Famer?

      On the other hand, all the things people are saying about Pederson, I heard them say about Lastings Milledge.

      • jayquintana - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        And Jose Montero.

  5. watermelon1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    If Koji is going anywhere… It’s back to Baltimore where he belongs.

  6. jaywp388 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    The only way i would trade koji is for a future mike trout….hell well throw peavy in too if itll help you sleep….any other bums we can unload on the dodgers….stephen drew isn’t a bum on d butt cant hit anything and is stunting the growth of there future franchise

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