Having added Nate Eovaldi and Ian Kinsler in the last week, the Red Sox could still acquire a reliever in advance of this afternoon’s trade deadline. Expect an active day of reliever trades, even after a flurry yesterday that saw Keone Kela, Adam Warren, Zach Duke, and Roberto Osuna change teams. The latest Red Sox bullpen rumors:
- The Red Sox asked the Giants about lefties Tony Watson and Will Smith, tweets Sean McAdam of BostonSportsJournal.com, but San Francisco is unsure about selling off those controllable assets. Though the Giants’ playoff chances appear remote, they are five games out in the Wild Card chase, close enough to stand pat. Watson, 33, inked a two-year, $9MM free agent deal with the Giants in February, which also includes a player option for 2020. He’s in the midst of his finest season in several years. Smith, 29, has emerged as the Giants’ closer and has been dominant since returning from March 2017 Tommy John surgery. He’ll be arbitration eligible one last time for the 2019 season before reaching free agency.
- Boston has also been linked to Marlins sidearmer Brad Ziegler, most recently by Jon Heyman of Fancred this morning. Ziegler seems likely to be dealt today; catch up on his rumor mill here.