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Dave Dombrowski: Red Sox may stand pat after trading for Andrew Cashner

Dave Dombrowski: Red Sox may stand pat after trading for Andrew Cashner

The Boston Red Sox made a move on Saturday afternoon to bolster their pitching staff. They traded a couple of minor league players to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Andrew Cashner.

Cashner, a 10-year veteran, has posted a more-than-solid 9-3 record and 3.83 ERA while pitching for the woeful Orioles. He should fix the issues the team has had with the fifth starter since Nathan Eovaldi went down with an elbow injury in mid-April.

However, it's possible that the addition of Cashner may be the only move that the Red Sox make this year. The team's president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski, said as much in a press conference before Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“We might (stand pat),” Dombrowski said per MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo. “I think it’s one of those where we’ll analyze and see what takes place. I know a couple of our (relievers) worked a lot before the break. We weren’t getting a lot of innings from our starters. We think the rest, perhaps, will help some of them. When you look out there, there’s a good core of guys we like.”

This is hardly a definitive statement from Dombrowski, but it does seem that he continues to have faith in the team's bullpen. He was also quick to point out the return of Eovaldi in a bullpen role as being a big addition for the team.

"We are going to add Nathan Eovaldi," Dombrowski said per The Eagle-Tribune's Chris Mason. "For some reason, people seem to, not, like, grasp on to that. He’s a big addition for us coming and we feel he’ll be ready to go within about a week to join us on a full-time basis out there."

Eovaldi has mostly worked as a starter during his career, but he did pitch 9 2/3 innings of relief last postseason and allowed just a single run. If he can return in a week, the Red Sox will have a chance to evaluate him in his new role before deciding whether or not to make any additional moves.

It's also worth noting that Dombrowski has expressed a lot of confidence in Steven Wright, who left Saturday night's game after taking a line drive off the foot. So, depending on how severe Wright's injury -- a foot contusion -- is, that could prompt more action for the Red Sox, especially considering that Wright isn't eligible to pitch in the postseason anyway after serving an 80-game ban for using performance-enhancing substances.

Right now, it's unclear exactly what the Red Sox will do before the deadline. Either way, the move to get Cashner was a good one, but over the course of the next two weeks, Dombrowski and the Red Sox will have to take a long, hard look at their roster and decide whether or not they want to make any other moves.

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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo homered twice and Mitch Moreland added one of his own in the Red Sox' win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. The Red Sox capitalized on a woeful outing from Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark, who walked five batters and allowed four runs in three innings pitched.

Sox starter Ryan Weber allowed two runs in three innings, then the bullpen put together an admirable effort to preserve the lead.

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BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 5-8

HIGHLIGHTS

Well, that escalated quickly

Verdugo's first Fenway homer

Moreland's two-run shot

Vlad Jr. brings Jays within one

Homer No. 2 for Verdugo...

...and then he robs one!

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Red Sox players erect perfect Fenway Park tribute to Dustin Pedroia

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Red Sox players erect perfect Fenway Park tribute to Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia may not be with his teammates this season, but that doesn't mean he can't watch over them with an iron glare from the best seats in the house.

Red Sox players asked if cutouts of family members could be placed in the box seats behind the home dugout, and the first row includes quite the intimidating image -- Pedroia and his three sons staring at the field, arms folded sternly.

From left to right, Cole, 7, Dylan, 11, and Brooks, 6, mimic their father's pose. All four were fixtures at Fenway Park in recent years before injuries took their toll and effectively ended Pedroia's career.


(Photo via Barry Alley)

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Until being injured on a questionable slide by Manny Machado in 2017, Pedroia was on his way to making a borderline Hall of Fame case for himself. The former Rookie of the Year and MVP played an integral part in two World Series championships, and also earned a ring after appearing in three games for the 2018 club.

The four-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover went just 2-for-20 in six games last year before shutting it down, probably for good. His six-year, $85 million extension expires after next season.

Even if his Red Sox career is over, his impact on the franchise is not, which is why his teammates have chosen to honor him in a way that perfectly suits his bleep-talking, larger-than-life personality -- by glowering at them like he's about to hurl an insult.


Xander Bogaerts poses next to cardboard cutouts of his mom, Sandra Brown, and his uncle, Glenroy Brown (Photo via Barry Alley).