NEW YORK - FILE: Jacoby Ellsbury #46 of the Boston Red Sox dives for a ball hit by Mark Teixeira (not pictured) of the New York Yankees in the third inning on September 26, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Ellsbury was named the American League 2011 Players Choice Awards Comeback Player of the Year on November 3, 2011. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Red Sox, according to one team source, continue to seek ways of adding at the trade deadline, though the team’s expectation is that any move between now and the deadline would be of a relatively modest sort rather than a blockbuster. Still, according to another team source, for now, no upgrade seems terribly imminent, and the team is focused chiefly on role players.
Speier adds that the Red Sox have received calls on players such as Cody Ross, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kelly Shoppach, Mike Aviles, Ryan Sweeney and Daniel Nava, though nothing appeared close to happening as of last night.
One of the players the Red Sox are potentially interested in adding is Cleveland Indians right-hander Justin Masterson, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. It’s been reported that the Indians will consider moving Masterson.
Cafardo adds that teams have asked the Red Sox about center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, but the club will likely wait until the off-season to "seriously consider deals for him." He says the Texas Rangers have been the "most aggressive team trying to acquire pieces from the Red Sox." Texas has been tied to starting pitcher Josh Beckett, though Cafardo notes they’ve also scouted Aaron Cook and Shoppach.
Which player(s) should the Red Sox trade and target today?