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Red Sox trade reports as deadline approaches

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  July 29, 2011 11:15 AM

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As the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline approaches in baseball, we take a look at some of the reports surrounding the Red Sox:

Erik Bedard
Erik Bedard
LH starting pitcher
Last updated: 7/30, 10:39 a.m.

Red Sox keeping tabs on Mariners' Bedard

The Globe's Peter Abraham wrote on Friday that Red Sox front office personnel will be keeping a close eye on Mariners lefthanded starter Erik Bedard, who took the mound Friday for the first time since coming off the disabled list. While he was seen as a good option to hedge against the possibility Clay Buchholz's back injury might keep him out longer than originally anticipated, Bedard was awful Friday, lasting less than two innings, allowing five runs on three hits and four walks. Abraham says other starting pitchers who are possible Red Sox targets include Dodgers righty Hiroki Kuroda, Jeremy Guthrie of the Orioes, Rich Harden of the Athletics and Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez.
Matt Thornton
Matt Thornton
Relief pitcher
Last updated: 7/29, 10:59 a.m.

White Sox put Thornton on market

The Globe's Nick Cafardo reports the White Sox want to ship the lefthanded reliever, and are hoping to interest the Red Sox because the White Sox have been keeping close tabs on the Red Sox farm system. Thornton has two years left on his contract at $5.5 million per.
Kevin Slowey
Kevin Slowey
Starting pitcher
Last updated: 7/27, 2:19 p.m.

Slowey could be an option for Sox rotation

LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Red Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Blue Jays were scouting Kevin Slowey in July. The righthander has appeared in only six games this season because of an abdominal injury.
Ryan Spilborghs
Ryan Spilborghs
Outfielder
Last updated: 7/27, 2:05 p.m.

Red Sox looking at Spilborghs for help

According to CSNNE's Sean McAdam, the Red Sox have an interest in 31-year-old righthanded-hitting outfielder Ryan Spilborghs of the Rockies as a low-cost bench upgrade.
Ryan Ludwick
Ryan Ludwick
Outfielder
Last updated: 7/25, 2:05 p.m.

Ludwick could provide outfield help

One name that has surfaced in the search for righthanded hitting outfield help is Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick. The former Cardinal is batting .242 with 11 home runs and 61 RBIs on the season.
Randy Choate
Randy Choate
LH relief pitcher
Last updated: 7/25, 1:55 p.m.

Choate could fill relief need for Sox

SI.com's Jon Heyman reports that Marlins reliever Randy Choate could be on the Red Sox radar as a lefthanded relief specialist. Choate is 1-1 with a 1.31 ERA in 20.2 innings of work this season.
Craig Breslow
Craig Breslow
LH relief pitcher
Last updated: 07/25, 1:47 p.m.

Breslow could have right stuff for lefty

Left-handed reliever Craig Breslow could be a potential Red Sox target to give them some lefthanded bullpen relief. The former Red Sox reliever is 0-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 35.2 innings.
Josh Willingham
Josh Willingham
Outfielder
Last updated: 07/25, 1:07 p.m.

Willingham could fill need

According to reports, Oakland's Josh Willingham could be one of the righthanded hitting outfielders on the Red Sox radar to fill a part-time role in Boston. Willingham is batting .241 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs.
Rich Harden
Rich Harden
Starting pitcher
Last updated: 07/25, 12:37 p.m.

Sox look into Harden

According to Peter Gammons, the Red Sox have inquired about making a deal for Oakland starter Rich Harden, who missed most of the first half of the season with a strained lat muscle. Harden is 2-1 with a 4.63 ERA.
Hiroki Kuroda
Hiroki Kuroda
Starting pitcher
Last updated: 07/25, 12:37 p.m.

Kuroda could provide relief to rotation

According to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are "keeping tabs on Hiroki Kuroda but nothing serious now, sources say." Kuroda is 6-12 with a 3.19 ERA. However, the Globe's Peter Abraham reports that Kuroda wants to remain in L.A.
Tyler Clippard
Tyler Clippard
Relief pitcher
Last updated: 07/25, 12:25 p.m.

Clippard on the Sox radar

According the Globe's Nick Cafardo, Nationals setup man Tyler Clippard has shown interest from the Red Sox in addition to the Braves, Yankees, and the Rangers, who have made "a lot of inquiries" into the righthander. The Nationals All-Star has a 1.73 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 57.1 innings.
Ubaldo Jimenez
Ubaldo Jimenez
Starting pitcher
Last updated: 07/25, 11:30 a.m.

Jimenez would bolster Sox rotation

Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd has stated that Jimenez may be available at a cost. O'Dowd told the Denver Post that it would take a "Herschel Walker-type deal" to move the Rockies' ace. Jimenez is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA in 2011.
Jeff Francoeur
Jeff Francoeur
Outfielder
Last updated: 7/25, 10:44 a.m.

Report: Red Sox have discussed Francoeur

According to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, the Red Sox have discussed acquiring outfielder Jeff Francoeur from the Royals. "One person who was briefed described the talks as "exploratory." Francoeur is batting .269 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs. The righthanded hitting outfielder is batting .309 vs. lefthanded pitching.

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