Though the Red Sox were expected to be quiet at the trade deadline due to their place in the standings, they still could look to make a couple moves with a focus on next season. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Boston has talked about acquiring Carlos Carrasco (Indians) and Tyson Ross (Padres), two controllable starting pitchers. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com adds that the team could also have interest in Padres' closer Craig Kimbrel if talks expand.
The Red Sox' rotation has struggled all year, and could use a boost from a young, controllable front-line starter. Carrasco or Ross would fit in alongside Wade Miley, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, Joe Kelly and pending free agent Justin Masterson in a makeshift rotation in the wake of Clay Buchholz's injury, and then would become one of the aces of a staff next season that projects to include Buchholz, Rodriguez, prospect Brian Johnson, Miley, and Porcello.