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Red Sox Rumors: Masterson, Shoppach, Aviles, Ellsbury, Saltalamacchia

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The Boston Red Sox are looking to add this deadline, but they expect any move made today to be of "the relatively modest sort" rather than a blockbuster, reports Alex Speier of

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?