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Sox have a few hours, but not optimistic about a deal

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 31, 2010 09:27 AM

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The Red Sox brass was up until about 3 a.m.trying to explore deals but came up empty.

The price for relievers was still enormous, but that may come down this afternoon closer to the 4 p.m. deadline. If it does, the Red Sox might be able to land a reliever, but for now the plan is for lefty Felix Doubront to start working out of the bullpen in Pawtucket and at some point have both Doubront and Michael Bowden up with the major league team.

The Sox could attempt taking chances on someone like Kerry Wood, who may come off the disabled list today for the Indians, or they could wait until the non-waiver period expires after today to swing a deal.

The Red Sox passed on Diamondbacks reliever Chad Qualls, who went to Tampa Bay, feeling the veteran had not had a good season and wasn't an upgrade over Manny Delcarmen, Ramon Ramirez or Hideki Okajima.

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