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Cherington: Red Sox are still buyers at deadline

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 27, 2012 11:23 AM

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NEW YORK Red Sox GM Ben Cherington was on WEEI this morning. It sounds like the Red Sox are set to be cautious buyers at the trade deadline. The hope is to improve the rotation.

"We've got to be smart about giving up too many long-term assets to try to get a little better the next two months," he said. "That doesn't mean there aren't ways to improve the team, and do it in a wise manner and a prudent manner. Well definitely work to do that."

Reading between the lines, the Red Sox are seeking a No. 3 or No. 4 starter type, the type of player they would not have to expend their best prospects for. That's what they did last season with the trade for Erik Bedard.

Cherington said he has been talking with every team but isn't prepared to sell off veteran players from his last-place team.

"There are certainly plenty of guys on our team other teams would like to have. Right now, we're looking to improve, not take away. That's our mindset going into this weekend," he said.

Cherington feels the Red Sox can go on a run and become bigger factors in the wild card race.

"We believe we're as talented or more talented than any of those teams and that we're capable of going on that kind of run just as much if not more than those other teams," he said.

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