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After a rough start to the season, the defending champion Boston Red Sox have recently righted the ship going 16-11 in May. They are still a .500 ball club due to their 13-17 start, but have plenty of time to climb the standings in the AL East.
Despite having a very talented roster, the Red Sox do have some weaknesses, mostly related to their pitching staff. Here three pitchers the Red Sox might pursue ahead of the 2019 MLB trade deadline.
3. Sean Doolittle, RP, Washington Nationals
The biggest issue for Boston may be its bullpen, as the team has rotated closers and lacks a sense of stability in the late innings. Several high-profile relievers should be available, including Sean Doolittle of the 26-33 Washington Nationals. While he hasn't been dominant this season, Doolittle is still one of the top lefty relievers in baseball. He is coming off a particularly bad May, but he could really bolster Boston's bullpen going forward.
2. Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland Indians
The Red Sox can also use starting pitching help, as Boston ranks No. 21 in MLB with its starters posting a combined 4.76 ERA. Chris Sale has looked better after a slow start to the season, but there isn't much to get excited about past him and David Price. There are a number of starters who may hit the trade market, but Trevor Bauer might make the most sense given his recent success against the New York Yankees (2.77 ERA in 2018). Bauer has posted a respectable 3.86 ERA this season, and he'd provide valuable depth for the Red Sox's shallow rotation.
1. Shane Greene, RP, Detroit Tigers
Back to bullpen help, Shane Greene could be a great addition in Boston. Greene's current team, the Detroit Tigers, could be sellers at the deadline, and he might be on the move soon. Given Greene's great start to the season (1.13 ERA in 2019), he could bring some much-needed stability to Boston's bullpen.
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