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MLB Rumors: Could Jose Abreu be a trade deadline target for Red Sox?

MLB Rumors: Could Jose Abreu be a trade deadline target for Red Sox?

The Boston Red Sox will always be a candidate to make a splash at the MLB trade deadline as long as Dave Dombrowski is calling the shots.

And a longtime favorite of Dombrowski's could be on the market this year.

The Red Sox are one of "a few teams" monitoring the availability of Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Forbes' Phil Rogers reported Thursday night.

Dombrowski, who previously worked with the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central, has pursued Abreu before, as Boston reportedly was in "active talks" with Chicago for Abreu during the 2017 offseason and was one of four finalists to sign the slugger before he re-upped with the White Sox in 2016.

The Red Sox also have a need at first base; they're hitting a combined .239 at the position with a subpar .749 OPS, as injuries to Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce have forced Michael Chavis to platoon at first.

As Rogers notes, the 32-year-old Abreu may not have much appeal as a rental, and it's unclear whether the Red Sox and their depleted farm system would even have enough assets to pull off a deal.

But if they're looking to shake things up at the trade deadline, adding a guy like Abreu who's good for 30 home runs and 100 RBIs a season (he has 21 homers and 66 RBIs through 92 games this year) is certainly enticing.

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Breakfast Pod: Chris Sale avoids Tommy John surgery

Breakfast Pod: Chris Sale avoids Tommy John surgery

Chris Sale isn't getting Tommy John surgery, but he is likely out for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, the Patriots are making some decisions on key roster battles. And who are they going to cut to create their 53-man roster?

1:02 - Lou Merloni and John Tomase join Danielle Trotta to discuss Chris Sale. He is expected to miss the rest of the season due to elbow inflammation, what does this mean for his contract, and his abilities next year?

8:16 - The Patriots cut veteran punter Ryan Allen and will roll with rookie fifth-round pick Jake Bailey at the position. Phil Perry, Kyle Draper and Tom Giles discuss why the move was made.

10:46 - Phil Perry details his picks for the Patriots 53-man roster and some of the difficult cuts the team will have to make in the coming weeks.

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Red Sox LHP Chris Sale will not need Tommy John surgery

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Red Sox LHP Chris Sale will not need Tommy John surgery

Chris Sale and the Red Sox can breathe a sigh of relief as the left-hander received encouraging news regarding his elbow injury on Monday.

After getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, it was confirmed Sale has elbow inflammation but will not need Tommy John surgery, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.

In their official statement on the matter, the Red Sox said Sale received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

Although a return to the mound in 2019 doesn't appear likely for Sale, this is phenomenal news for the Red Sox considering they signed their ace to a five-year, $145 million contract extension before the season.

Sale is in the midst of the worst statistical season of his career, posting a 6-11 record and 4.40 ERA in 25 starts. Still, it'll be even tougher for Boston to sneak into the postseason without Sale in the rotation as it currently sits 6.5 games behind in the American League wild-card race.

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