The Red Sox cannot add payroll this season, according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network (on Twitter). He may not have much financial flexibility to work with, but Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is thinking ahead to possible moves. The GM told Joe Castiglione of WEEI that it’s “never too early” to anticipate potential needs. (transcript from WEEI.com's Kirk Minihane).
“The reality is, our outlook as a club is going to change five times between now and July 31,” Epstein said. “The issues that we have right now, we might have an internal solution to, and then we might have a desperate need for somebody in an area that right now looks like a surplus.”
The Red Sox have been active in midseason trades in recent years, as our Transaction Tracker shows. They acquired Jason Bay in 2008, Billy Wagner, Alex Gonzalez, Victor Martinez, Casey Kotchman and Adam LaRoche in 2009 and Jarrod Saltalamacchia last summer. Right field and the starting rotation are possible areas of need for Boston, though lots can change in a month, as Epstein pointed out.