In Sunday’s column, we looked at trade possibilities for the Red Sox as the deadline nears (Thursday). We included the name of Los Angeles Dodgers’ prime prospect, outfielder Joc Pederson.
CBSSports.com’s Jon Heman looks at a potential deal involving the Dodgers and Red Sox ace Jon Lester. Among the outfielders that Boston is reportedly interested in is Pederson, as well as veteran Matt Kemp, who has been limited by injuries in recent years. Kemp does not appear a fit for Boston, given his declining production and his age (30 in September).
Allen Webster took Jake Peavy’s spot in the rotation (at least for Sunday). Webster is gifted, but he also has his wild moments. He showed both Sunday: 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 4 K. 86 pitches/42 strikes. It certainly will be worth keeping Webster in the rotation for a while, let him settle in and see what he can do.
Matt Barnes (5-8, 4.81) took the ball for Pawtucket and needed 93 pitches (57 strikes) to finish five innings: 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K. Barnes keeps looking good in spurts (bullpen role?).
Luis Diaz began strong for the Sea Dogs when he was promoted, but has faded some (3.44 ERA). He went five innings: 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K … The Dogs won in 12 innings. Noe Ramirez (1.84) got his 12th save.
Pat Light (5-5, 5.00) had a rough beginning with Salem, but has allowed one run or less in five of his last six starts. He went 7 innings Sunday: 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K.
Both the Red Sox and Sea Dogs return home tonight – if the rain holds off.