No relation at all to the thread. Just love this picture. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
The trading deadline's nine days off as the Red Sox continue to play through the toughest stretch of their schedule. So far, they're holding their own, and with most of the roster we'd hoped to see on Opening Day back on the field, things are looking up. This isn't to say Boston's not without flaws, or will automatically romp into October. But playoff baseball's at least on the edge of the table, which isn't something that could have been said a month ago.
With that in mind, all of us here at Over the Monster laid out our priorities and plans for the trading deadline. The GM hat's a bit uncomfortable, and comes with a nasty infestation of negative reporting, but it turned out to be a pretty fun series. I'll leave links to all of them below, but for now I want to hand it off to you folks. Here are the keys to the franchise, go take it for a spin. Planning to buy, sell, neither? Want to pull the trigger on that speculative Carl Crawford-for-Hanley Ramirez trade? Have at it.
For reference, ideas, or just to re-mock a bit, here are ours: