Red Sox Prepare To Take Their Final Stand This Week
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Apparently nobody told the Red Sox baseball season is over in Boston. The club has won seven of its last eight games, and swept the Royals over the weekend. But they’ve made up approximately no ground in the AL East, and that’s the problem. The Red Sox play the Blue Jays and Rays on a seven-game road trip this week. They have to play nearly flawless baseball – especially against the Jays – to ensure that last weekend’s performance represents a turning point in the season. It’s difficult to have faith that they will. Most of the veterans who are in the final year of their contracts should still be moved prior to the trade deadline, regardless of how the Red Sox play leading up to it. Removing Jake Peavy, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes and others from the roster would clear space for some of the young players who need to be evaluated, and maybe even improve the team in the short-term. Jon Lester delivered a dominant outing against the Royals Sunday to continue his contract push. But history demonstrates that the Red Sox don’t pay market value for their own players, and that’s what this negotiation could come down to. Alex provides an overview of the AL East standings in the “Around the League” segment, and talks about the hole that Masahiro Tanaka’s UCL tear leaves in the Yankees’ rotation. Plus, the Blue Jays apparently violated baseball’s “unwritten rules" over the weekend. Uh-oh … The Astros failed to sign their number one pick, Brady Aiken, to a contract Friday. The supposedly smartest organization in the league failed to forecast a possible problem with his physical, which doesn’t reflect well on them. Feel free to follow Alex on Twitter (@AlexReimer1), and send him an email (email@example.com). You can read Alex all week on BostInno.com, and listen to him Fridays from 3-6 p.m. EST on Glenn Ordway’s “Big Show Unfiltered.”