The Red Sox will not make a trade Monday night, according to a team source, and the odds of a significant move before the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday are remote.
The Sox are open to improving their roster with a starting pitcher or a useful bench player. But they will not part with any of their high-end prospects, according to major league sources.
There remains a possibility that the Sox will use what chips they do have to improve their rotation depth, but it would not be with a notable starter. At least that’s the case at the moment.
Ryan Sweeney, who appears to have been showcased in recent days, is off the table after punching a door with his left hand in the eighth inning and suffering an injury. He will be taken for X-rays Tuesday and is likely headed to the disabled list.
Sweeney said he was unable to throw a ball and admitted to feeling like he let the team down with his actions.
Theo Epstein continued his cleanup of the Cubs on Monday, dealing away OF Reed Johnson, LHP Paul Maholm, and catcher Geovany Soto.
Johnson and Maholm went to the Braves for minor league pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. Soto was sent to the Rangers for Double A righthander Jacob Brigham.
The Cubs are also moving forward on dealing RHP Matt Garza.
How does this affect the Red Sox? Texas was seeking a backup catcher and Kelly Shoppach was potentially a candidate.
The Cubs are reportedly in discussions with the Reds and Blue Jays involving Garza. They’re also hoping to move Ryan Dempster.