Extra Bases

Tick, tick, tick . . .

The non-waiver trade deadline is 3 hours and 53 minutes from now. If that deadline passes without the Red Sox making a significant move, you can bet that Theo Epstein will be criticized.

A few things:

1. It’s the non-waiver deadline. The Red Sox obtained Alex Gonzalez on Aug 14 and Billy Wagner on Aug. 25 last season. Deals can and will be made in August. The real deadline is Aug. 31, the final day players can be obtained and still qualify for the postseason.

2. Change for the sake of change is not usually a smart play. Chad Qualls has been awful for an awful team in the National League.

3. The whole idea that a GM needs to show his team he’s behind them by making a trade is ludicrous. You know how the Red Sox showed the team they were behind them? By raising the payroll to $162 million this season, a 33-percent increase from 2009.

That all said, the Sox usually do something.

We’ll keep you posted.

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