Red Sox GM: 'Our goal is to be as good as we can as quick as we can'

Jul 31, 7:31 PM

The Boston Red Sox took full advantage of Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, making four deals to set the team up to compete in 2015.

General manager Ben Cherington spoke about the deadline deals Thursday evening and what it means for the team moving forward.

"Nothing celebratory about this. These moves were made because we collectively as an organization haven't performed well enough," Cherington said. "This year has been challenging and disappointing, I take responsibility for that. We have to get better and we know that. Our goal is to be as good as we can as quick as we can."

The 48-60 Red Sox were by far the most active team leading up to and including the deadline day, most notably shipping staff ace Jon Lester to Oakland in exchange for slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Cherington credited the impressive resumes of his veteran players for being able to make so many deals.

"Demand was there because of the quality of our guys and fact they were so recently playoff-tested. We didn't want to miss opportunities," Cherington added. "I'm proud of my group I work with; they were prepared and gave us every chance to make decisions. Time will tell what results are."

Click here for a full list of the team's transactions.

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Aug 1, 9:01 AM

Red Sox GM: Targeted hitters, 'Safe to say we'll be active with starting pitchers' in offseason

Aug 1, 9:01 AM

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The Boston Red Sox largely dealt pitching for hitting at Thursday's trade deadline, taking advantage of a seller's market for quality starters.

The strategy of dealing arms for bats was a conscious one, according to general manager Ben Cherington. Speaking with MLB Network Radio, he suggested that this offseason's market will be such that pitching is easier to acquire than hitting, so making these moves now and focusing on arms at a later juncture made sense to them.

In all, the Sox dealt pitchers Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, Andrew Miller, and Corey Littrell and hitters Stephen Drew and Jonny Gomes for a return of hitters Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig and Kelly Johnson and pitchers Joe Kelly, Heath Hembree, Edwin Escobar, and Eduardo Rodriguez.

That's a messy haul to sort out, but what's clear is that the Sox are in pretty good shape having added Cespedes and Craig to the lineup, while Kelly now slots in as the team's likely No. 2 starter. It's clear the rotation will need reinforcing, with Clay Bucholz, Kelly, Brandon Workman, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Anthony Ranaudo as the current group with Escobar, Rodriguez, Henry Owens and Matt Barnes still largely unproven.

Cherington has his work cut out for him in the offseason, but at least the lineup's stacked.

Feature photo courtesy of USA Today Sports/Jim Cowsert