July 5, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Boston Red Sox are "likely" to acquire a pitcher in a trade this July, while the club could also be in position to trade an outfielder and/or backup catcher Kelly Shoppach.
So, the Sox could be in position to trade at least one outfielder, not to mention catcher Kelly Shoppach, who could be moved to clear a spot for Triple-A catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
Rosenthal also notes that the Red Sox have no interest in trading right-hander Josh Beckett. While there was some talk of a possible deal involving Beckett earlier in the season, the club views the 32-year-old as part of their pitching solution.
In case you’re wondering, the Red Sox are not pondering a trade of right-hander Josh Beckett. They view him as part of the solution in an area — starting pitching — that they are trying to improve.
Which available player(s) should the Red Sox target this summer?