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Sox trying...but

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 30, 2008 05:42 PM

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One major league official just told me the Sox are "stuck in neutral" concerning some of the moves they're trying to make.

Another said, "Nobody's trying harder. They're listening to Manny offers, but the big issue is trying to get a bat back that will protect David Ortiz in the lineup. They're not going to do something stupid just to get rid of him."

That seems to be the consensus at this hour and it changes by the minute.

There's been a lot of discussion on the Florida situation with Ramirez, but neither Jeremy Hermida or Josh Willingham really qualify as hitters who can protect Ortiz in the lineup

The Sox have a lot of feelers out there including for lefties Ron Mahay, Will Ohman and Scott Eyre and likely others. There's some talk by scouts and executives they may be in on Oakland's Huston Street or Seattle's J.J. Putz and have certainly discussed those players with Oakland and Seattle respectively

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