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MLB insider blames ownership early if Red Sox fail to add before trade deadline

MLB insider blames ownership early if Red Sox fail to add before trade deadline

MLB insider blames ownership early if Red Sox fail to add before trade deadline

The recent success of the Boston Red Sox has had pundits and fans reevaluating their views on the organization’s trading strategy.

The Red Sox looked like clear sellers in early June, but three weeks of the best baseball of the season changed everything for the club — but maybe not in the eyes of ownership.

On the latest installment of the “Foul Territory” podcast, Ken Rosenthal discussed Boston’s priorities ahead of July 30th. His take was highly critical of Red Sox ownership, but optimistic overall.

Rosenthal first criticized Fenway Sports Group for “not (wanting) to try” over the past few offseasons. Red Sox Nation is aware of owner John Henry’s recent fiscally conservative approach to building the team — Boston’s front office budget was so tight compared to previous years that it earned criticism from the national media. Rosenthal argued that the Red Sox are “better than (their ownership) deserves” after such an offseason performance.

But he still thinks they could buy if they maintain their June production. It would just take a recent unprecedented level of effort on the part of the men in charge.

“My God,” said Rosenthal. “When you play like that and you have Alex Cora in the last year of his contract, you’re bound, in my opinion, to make an effort here.”

If the Red Sox plan to keep Cora — and their fan base happy — buying at the deadline will be key. The front office has stated multiple times that winning is their ultimate goal, and the Sox have given them a golden opportunity to prove it.

Rosenthal said it’s possible Boston will buy and sell, which seems to be the most realistic plan. Fellow MLB Jim Bowden reported that the Red Sox plan to trade Kenley Jansen before his contract expires at the end of the season. Reliever Chris Martin may also be shipped at the deadline, and chief baseball officer Craig Breslow has already announced his plans to look for a starting pitcher and a temporary shortstop.

The sloppy defense and quiet offense in the Red Sox’s June 25 loss to the Blue Jays served as a reminder that the Sox could fall back to Earth before the deadline. Boston’s record could be anywhere from 70-37 to 43-64 before July 30 – any plan discussed by the front office is far from solid at this point.

But if the Red Sox stay hot, it’s in the front office’s best interest to grab her at the deadline. Red Sox Nation may soon find out if ownership is really hired to win as they say.