Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports heard from one Red Sox official who said the team could upgrade its roster, since they're still "way under budget." Last offseason they added John Smoltz and Brad Penny to affordable deals that will cost them a total of just $10.5MM plus incentives.
The Red Sox no longer have glaring needs, as David Ortiz is hitting better and Jed Lowrie's almost ready to return to the lineup. They remain open to dealing another free agent acquisition, Takashi Saito. With few holes, payroll flexibility and appealing trade chips, the Red Sox are as well-prepared for the deadline as any team.