How much can Red Sox strengthen pitching before deadline | Trags & Quaglia

    The Red Sox pitching staff needs some upgrades if they really want to compete. How does Dave Dombrowski do it?

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    The Red Sox have some serious moves they need to make at the trade deadline. But now that Nathan Eovaldi is apparently headed to the closer role upon return, does it make more sense for Dave Dombrowski to make a serious move to bolster the bullpen or the starting rotation?

    Without Eovaldi, the starting rotation has managed, even with a somewhat struggling Chris Sale. But as we saw last year, there’s nothing wrong with a little depth in the rotation. Per reports, they’ve already had early talks regarding the New York Mets 29-year-old lefty, Zack Wheeler.

    Wheeler’s had an okay season, but nothing to write home about as he currently sits on a 4.69 ERA. But in the past, he’s held ERAs in the low threes. Is he worth spending some more prospects for?

    You have some other options to that you could take aim at if you’re Boston. If Dombrowski thinks grabbing a closer is the right move, what about the Toronto Blue Jays current closer who’s having a strong season himself, Ken Giles? Or even their longtime starter Marcus Stroman? The tough part about that though? The AL East leading New York Yankees–who have plenty of trade capital–have been linked to those two names too.

    But then you need to talk about trade chips. Who are you willing to part with? Michael Chavis should be untouchable to most, but would Dombrowski be bold enough to send away your promising slugger? If he thinks that’s the correct move, you could certainly replenish your farm system well and you might even have the chance to grab a solidified major leaguer in the deal too.

    There are only a handful of moves that the Red Sox can make at this year’s trade deadline. So now the only question left is, what will Dave Dombrowski do to bolster this club’s opportunity at a deep playoff run?

    Nick Quaglia and Trags go over it all in their latest report from Fenway Park.