When it was all said and done, the only major moves the Boston Red Sox made were the acquisitions of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the Rangers, reliever Daniel Turpen from the Giants, and some internal movement.
“We have a team that has the ability to get really hot as we get healthy,” said Theo Epstein, who spoke with reporters around 6PM on Saturday following the trade deadline.
Red Sox Executive Vice President and General Manager Theo Epstein was frustrated, and you could see it on his face and hear it in his voice.
“If we wanted to be competitive in the market, we’d have to give up high end talent,” Epstein said, but also added that “our primary goal was helping the 2010 team.”
Epstein said that the Red Sox were close on about “3 or 4” trades, but said the proposals the Sox offered were ultimately turned down. He confirmed that the Red Sox primary interest around the deadline was getting outfield and relief help.
“The market was deep in starting pitching and DH…but thin on outfield and relief pitching.”
Jarrod Saltalamacchia may benefit from a change of scenary, as he has had difficulty producing at the major league level.
“(Saltalamacchia) has a high-ceiling and is a guy we can work with and we feel can reach his potential.”
Ultimately, Epstein said he was “disappointed” that nothing could get done before the deadline, but was “happy with internal solutions.”
Those internal solutions include calling up rookie prospect Ryan Kalish, and designating Jeremy Hermida for assignment. Epstein spoke highly about Kalish. He did not go as far as to say anyone was untouchable approaching the deadline, however, saying that the return value was never high enough to move a guy like Kalish.
The relief help will have to come from the minors, unless the Sox make a waiver deal in August. Turpen has three above average pitches out of the bullpen, who scouts rate very well. He is particularly difficult on right-handers as he throws from a side-arm slot.
Dustin Richardson is another internal solution that Epstein talked about. Richardson was recalled from the PawSox today. He had some nice numbers in the minors, posting a 2.57 ERA in 13 appearances.
We were “looking to upgrade our outfield in the market, but nothing materialized,” Epstein said as he moved onto Hermida. “Hermida had a tough time getting into a groove…I like our internal solutions.”