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Dave Dombrowski says Red Sox trade season hasn't arrived

Dave Dombrowski says Red Sox trade season hasn't arrived

CHICAGO — You can be sure Dave Dombrowski will need to make at least one move, if not multiple, in the next two months. But trade season has not started yet, the Red Sox president of baseball operations said Tuesday afternoon.

"Not really,” he said. “I think it's more of a situation where you're talking to clubs, you have a pulse of what's going on — not always necessarily me, but being in a position where some of our scouts are out there talking. Right now, it's more of an information-gathering time period. People want to stay in this thing if they can. They're more in a situation where they're trying to do that.

“The handful of clubs where you can make trades, you could have figured those out a month ago… because they're building for the future. Other than that, most of the other clubs are trying to hold where they are to see how long they can be in that spot. I don't think it's a real heavy trade talk time period. It's not to say something can't happen at any time out of the blue, but I don't think it's that time period.”

The Red Sox could use help at third base right now. Just how great their need for starting and relief pitching will be is harder to gauge. If Drew Pomeranz shows a semblance of competency and David Price is indeed back and healthy, they may not need a starter. Maybe Brian Johnson’s potential figures into that equation too. 

Tyler Thornburg remains a mystery and frankly a disaster of a trade thus far, but Carson Smith is, slowly, making progress. 

“Well, Smith threw today. He threw all of his pitches with hitters standing in,” Dombrowski said. “I talked to him afterwards. He said he felt great. Thornburg continues to be diagnosed and watched, and we're still waiting to see where that takes us.”

There’s been no new diagnosis offered by the team for Thornburg, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement.

“No more at this time, no,” Dombrowski said. “No more updates.”

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.