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Gasper: Take 'bubble wrap' off Middlebrooks

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Gasper: Take 'bubble wrap' off Middlebrooks

Chris Gasper joined Sports Tonight to look at where the Sox are at after a 20-day stretch of games.
Gasper was confused about management's decisions regarding rookie Will Middlebrooks.
"The one thing I don't understand is why it seems like Ben Cherington and guys in baseball ops are so against playing Middlebrooks in the outfield."
He believes Middlebrooks should be in the outfield, not high-paid first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
"If you're going to put your 154 million first baseman, who is widely regarded as the slowest baserunner in all of baseball, in right field instead versus that kid, who was a tremendous athlete and is a tremendous athlete, tell me which guy is better suited athletically to covering ground? Take the bubble wrap off the rookie."

The Baseball Show Podcast: Will the Red Sox make a trade before the deadline?

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The Baseball Show Podcast: Will the Red Sox make a trade before the deadline?

0:23 - Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich discuss Chris Sale's continued dominance as he shuts down the Tigers on Sunday afternoon. Sale now has an incredible 0.27 ERA in his last 5 starts.

4:24 - Will the Red Sox make a trade prior to the deadline? Do they have enough ammo to bring in an impact player? Merloni and Drellich talk about what positions the Red Sox should look to upgrade before July 31st.

9:05 - David Price started off the unofficial 2nd half of the season with 6.1 innings of shutout ball. Is he someone the Red Sox can rely on going forward? Lou and Evan break down what they expect to see from Price.

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Report: Red Sox could be suitors for Hamels, Straily

Report: Red Sox could be suitors for Hamels, Straily

As the July 31 trade deadline draws nearer, the Boston Red Sox have been exploring the market for arms, from Zach Britton to Jeurys Familia to Mike Fiers.

According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, we could possibly add two more to that wish list: Texas Rangers lefthander Cole Hamels, and Miami Marlins righthander Dan Straily.

There's a belief that the 34-year-old Hamels will be dealt before the deadline, cemented further perhaps by comments Hamels made earlier in the week to Philly.com's Scott Lauber, in which he said a return to the Phillies -- where he won his first and only World Series title -- "would be a blessing". Cafardo names the Red Sox as "possibly" having interest, and it wouldn't be the first time the they've shown interest in the former World Series MVP and four-time All-Star.

Back in 2015, the Red Sox made a failed bid at the deadline for Hamels, who wound up going to the Rangers. A year later, Hamels told WEEI's Rob Bradford that he wouldn't have invoked his no-trade clause on a deal to Boston.

Hamels is expected to get the ball Monday night against Oakland, amidst a forgettable stretch in which he's 1-2 with a 9.53 ERA over his last four starts.

Elsewhere, Cafardo says the Marlins "feel they can get the Red Sox interested" in Straily, but wonders if they have the assets to get a deal done.

"The Marlins aren't completely enamored by the choices from the Red Sox farm system," Cafardo writes. "There is some sentiment for Blake Swihart but with Christian Vazquez gone until September sometime, the Red Sox may not be able to swing such a deal."

Straily, 29, is 4-4 in 15 starts this season for Miami, with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

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