Red Sox Looking to Add Before the Deadline

A look ahead at Friday's MLB Trade Deadline, courtesy of


With the MLB trade deadline coming up at 4 p.m. today, eyes are all over the Red Sox to see if they’ll make any more moves to strengthen their roster for a World Series run.

The Red Sox, who sit at 63-41 on the year, have impressed this season after a dud of a 2020 season during manager Alex Cora’s suspension.

Two needs for Boston are an every day first baseman and pitching. According to, the Red Sox have 5/1 (+500) odds to land reliever Craig Kimbrel from the Chicago Cubs. These are the fourth best odds behind the Mets, A’s, and Yankees.

A deal would reunite Boston with their 2018 World Series champion closer. Kimbrel was an All Star every season he played with the Red Sox, and would greatly improve the back end of their bullpen.

Red Sox writer Julian McWilliams joined CLNS Media’s Mike Petraglia on the Red Sox Beat podcast to discuss the upcoming trade deadline:

Late Thursday night, Boston made a deal for Nationals outfielder Kyle Schwarber. They sent Washington pitching prospect Aldo Ramirez in the trade.

Schwarber has been a monster at the plate this season, he’s hitting .253 with 25 homeruns, 53 RBI’s, and an OPS+ of 150. According to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, the Sox are open to trying Schwarber at first base, as well as cycling him in the outfield and at DH.

After Boston missed out on landing Nationals star pitcher Max Scherzer, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that they may try to land Twins pitcher Jose Berrios.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Friday morning that Boston has spoken to the Texas Rangers about acquiring pitcher Kyle Gibson. Gibson is 6-3 on the season with a 2.87 ERA.

The Red Sox also have ace Chris Sale in their back pocket after his Tommy John surgery in March of 2020. He has made several rehab starts, and Boston will look to add him to their major league roster in the coming month. Adding Sale and either Berrios or Gibson to the rotation heading into the postseason would be huge for the Red Sox.

If they want to compete in October, Boston needs to be buyers at Friday’s deadline.

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