SEATTLE -- As Monday afternoon's non-waiver trade deadline drew closer, the Red Sox remained in the market for ways to upgrade their roster, seemingly indifferent in how to achieve that.
According to industry sources, the Red Sox were talking to teams on a number of fronts, with outfield, bullpen and rotation solutions being discussed.
Simply put: the Red Sox want to get better and are exploring a number of ways to achieve that.
Most interestingly, the Red Sox apparently have not given up on making a deal for Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, though the odds were long on them being able to pull of a trade.
The White Sox were still in listening mode on Sale, but were, predictably, holding out for an extremely high rate of return.
Some reports had the Red Sox unwilling to discuss any of their top four prospects -- Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Michael Kopech and Rafael Devers -- in any deal, making it difficult to fathom how a deal for a talent the magnitude of Sale could be pulled off otherwise.
Then again, if the Red Sox were willing to include Eduardo Rodriguez into a deal, along with perhaps one of the aforementioned four and other prospects, they could land an elite pitcher and still preserve three of their best four minor leaguers.
On Sunday, the Red Sox also jumped into the bidding for veteran switch-hitter Carlos Beltran, who is being marketed as part of the New York Yankees' deadline sell-off.
Beltran would give the Red Sox another impact bat in the middle of a lineup that leads the majors in runs, but has run hot-and-cold of late.
With both Chris Young (hamstring) and Blake Swihart (ankle) still sidelined, he could play left field and fill-in for David Ortiz at DH. Beltran is eligible for free agency this fall, and the price would not seem prohibitive, but then, the Yankees would undoubtedly hold out for slightly more if they were to move Beltran within the division, and especially so if they dealt with the Red Sox.
Trades between the rivals are rare, but not unprecedented. Just two years ago, the Red Sox shipped Stephen Drew to the Yankees at the deadline.
The Red Sox are also monitoring the relief market, the area in which they could use the most help, with Craig Kimbrel only now returning to action and Koji Uehara's availability very much in doubt for the remainder of the season.
Now that a number of big-name closers -- Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Mark Melancon -- have been moved, teams seem focused on less-glamorous pieces that could nonetheless be valuable in set-up roles.