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What's next for the Red Sox?

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 31, 2013 10:36 AM

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The trade deadline is at 4 p.m and there's an obvious void now at third base after Jose Iglesias was traded to Detroit in a three-team deal that brought Jake Peavy to Boston.

So there's still time for something to happen where Michael Young becomes a Red Sox, unless reports that it's Texas or bust are accurate. A Red Sox official said no on Young last night after the Peavy deal was made, but there are a lot of hours where that could change. A "no" is never a "no" at the trade deadline.

The Red Sox have brought up Brock Holt, not Will Middlebrooks, another sign that they are perhaps leaving the door ajar for something bigger to happen at third base. Right now it's going to be Holt and Brandon Snyder.

Checked with Doug Melvin and it appears that Aramis Ramirez is still a couple of weeks away from coming off the disabled list with knee issues so it probably won't be him.

The Red Sox are trying to acquire another veteran reliever.

Melvin said they were definitely one of the teams in on Frankie (K-Rod) Rodriguez but he traded him to Baltimore. The Brewers also have John Axford who has been up and down. San Diego's Luke Gregerson has also been linked to Boston as has Cubs closer Kevin Gregg. But there are plenty of other relievers out there on the block and the Red Sox are trying for at least one of them.

And who knows? There's always the possibility of a huge deal for a big hitter - even an outfielder.

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