Red Sox intensifying search for trade possibilities

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The Red Sox are heating up their search for a starting pitcher, reliever, and righthanded hitter, hoping to land some pieces that will keep them ahead of the Rays, Orioles, and Yankees in the American League East.

The Sox will scout Jake Peavy’s starts for the White Sox Thursday and Tuesday, a before the non-waiver trade deadline. Peavy could be dealt earlier, especially if his Thursday start goes well.

A major league source indicated Peavy makes the most sense for the Red Sox, who can’t pinpoint a return for the ailing Clay Buchholz, because of the righthander’s relationship with Juan Nieves, Boston’s pitching coach who was an assistant pitching coach with the White Sox. Nieves knows Peavy inside and out.

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