Mike Napoli reacts after striiking out in the first inning at Yankee Stadium Friday night in Boston’s loss. AP PHOTOSun staff photos can be ordered
Mike Napoli reacts after striiking out in the first inning at Yankee Stadium Friday night in Boston's loss. AP PHOTO

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Unless you are one of those baseball fans who believe the glass is always half full, you're quickly coming to the realization the Boston Red Sox are headed no place fast this season.

The Red Sox entered their "big" weekend series against the New York Yankees in the Bronx in fourth place in the American League East, 8 games behind the first place Toronto Blue Jays. For those of you still holding out hope that the Red Sox will heat up during summer's dog days and rally to win the division or claim a wild card playoff berth, the feeling here is the United States men's soccer team has a better shot at advancing to the Final Four of the World Cup.

The Red Sox return to Fenway Park Monday to begin a 10-game home stand against the National League's loveable losers, the Chicago Cubs. Back in April I certainly didn't think the Red Sox would be playing any must-win games in the first week of July. But that's where we are at.

Between now and the final game before the All-Star break on July 13 we should know if Red Sox GM Ben Cherington will be a buyer or seller at next month's trade deadline.

For those of you still waiting for the Red Sox to acquire Giancarlo Stanton (.310 BA, 21 HR, 59 RBI, .404 OBP) from the Miami Marlins in the hope he will provide some much-needed offensive production from the outfield, you're probably wasting your time just like Linus did sitting in the pumpkin patch on Halloween waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive.


First off, why would Miami trade Stanton, who can't become a free agent until after the 2016 season and is one of the top sluggers in the game, when it's still very much in contention for both the National League East title and a wild card playoff berth? Secondly, are you prepared to part with the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Brandon Workman and a top prospect such as Mookie Betts?

Some type of package of young players of this caliber/potential is likely what it's going to take to pry Stanton away from Miami. Personally, I would rather hold onto players like Bogaerts and Betts and let them flourish in a Red Sox uniform.

So what is Cherington to do? Only a year removed from winning the World Series, he definitely needs to shake things up on a Red Sox club that is going stale before our eyes.

Presuming the Red Sox don't go on a run where they win 10 of 12 games over the next two weeks, I'd like to see the team continue playing the kids for the remainder of the season.

I want to see Jackie Bradley Jr. play center field every day in the hope he figures it out at the plate. I want to see if Brock Holt ever cools off. Give me a rotation in July, August and September that includes Workman and Rubby De La Rosa. Heck, I even want to see if Clay Buchholz can regain the pitching form he displayed in the early part of 2013.

This means between now and the end of July, Cherington should try and move some of the veterans on the Red Sox roster, who would have some value to a contending team. (I'd do anything possible to work out a long-term deal with Jon Lester, a potential free agent. I want Lester to be the anchor of Boston's pitching rotation for years to come.)

Shop around starting pitcher, Jake Peavy, 33, and closer, Koji Uehara, 39, who is a free agent at the end of the season. See what the range of interest out there is for catcher A.J. Pierzynski, 37, a free agent at the end of the season. Same goes for fan favorite Jonny Gomes, 33, a free agent at the end of the season, who certainly would bring a presence to any team fighting to make the postseason cut. Maybe some club would even have interest in shortstop Stephen Drew, 31.

Trading away some veterans and playing the young kids now would help the Red Sox get a jump start on 2015, the same way trading Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers in August 2012 helped clear the way to a dramatic turnaround in 2013.

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