Suddenly, the Red Sox’s trading schedules are murky at best

After losing to the Tampa Bay Rays four times in a row, it’s time for the Red Sox to take a long look in the mirror.

A few months ago, the Boston Red Sox were flagged as likely trade deadline sellers and their season effectively ended in May. It was… until it wasn’t.

Boston put on a memorable run early in the season to reduce their wild card deficit and eventually move into the playoff position.

Four losses to the Rays doesn’t change that, no matter how it feels. The Sox are just a half game behind the Blue Jays for the final wild card spot as of this writing. The sky isn’t falling yet.

But a critical series against the department-leading Yankees is on the horizon. What should Chaim Bloom’s strategy be driving towards the All-Star Break? Can this team, as it is currently set up, realistically make a deep run?

Could Red Sox actually be sellers at close?

That feels like a pretty definitive noonly because even with a series loss in New York over the weekend, Boston would remain in a solid wild card position.

However, Bloom must anticipate what lies ahead. JD Martinez is a free agent after this season, as does Xander Bogaerts. The future of the Red Sox is by no means set in stone.

Chances are Boston will take a measured forward approach unless they see another sharp reversal by early August. What does that mean? Think a little about timely buying and possibly some sales that will anger a fan base always poised to win.

Bogaerts is unlikely to be traded and Rafael Devers is untouchable. Martinez, on the other hand, is on an expiring, expensive contract and will be 35 years old at the end of August.

As much as some fans love to poke fun at Bloom, he knows what he’s doing, especially when he’s limited in resources. Ironically, this trade deadline could bring back memories of his time in Tampa Bay in terms of how much the Sox are willing to spend to win this season.

Serious questions lie ahead, and a series can really turn the tide. Suddenly, the Red Sox’s trading schedules are murky at best

John Verrall

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