The Red Sox have struggled over the past couple days, and even though it’s hitting struggling, pitching is still the main problem. They need to make a big pitching move.
I’d personally trade guys like JBJ, Swihart, maybe throw on Mike Napoli for Cole Hamels or Johnny Cueto. I’d also maybe trade Uehara and possibly Napoli for a legit first baseman like Lucas Duda or Justin Smoak. Besides, the Jays need a new closer.
If they can just win the next few, and go on a winning surge, they can transform into buyers at the deadline and make those trades. From there, they should be able to win some more and maybe get into the playoffs. I still believe the Red Sox, especially with such a weak AL East. Maybe they can take the division with not even more than like 85 wins.
Guys like Eddie Rodriguez, Brock Holt, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts along with vets Pablo Sandoval, Big Papi, Clay Buchholz in his return and Hanley Ramirez and rising stars Daniel Nava, Alejandro De Aza, Rusney Castillo and Shane Victorino will be key to the second half.