TORONTO -- The Blue Jays, of course, won. The Rays won their seventh straight. The Yankees won a rain-shortened affair. And although the division-leading Orioles lost in Anaheim, the Red Sox were assured of being in last place when they go to Tropicana Field Friday for this weekend’s series against the Rays.
They fell back to seven games under .500 (47-54) with 61 to go, seven of those games coming before the July 31 trading deadline. The Sox had hoped this 13-game stretch against division rivals would give some closure to the back-and-forth of whether they can still contend this season or should retool for 2015 and beyond.
Jake Peavy remains the most likely trading piece. Scouts from the Pirates, Brewers, Giants and Royals all were in attendance for Peavy’s start Tuesday night. The Cardinals, who had scouted him earlier, were not, but one major-league source insisted they retain some interest.
The White Sox have a scout here too, Chicago perhaps looking to interest the Red Sox in outfielder Dayan Viciedo. The Royals, in the market for a right-handed bat, also have been linked to Jonny Gomes. Teams in the market for relief are hoping that the Sox might move Andrew Miller, who is three months away from free agency. Felix Doubront is available. Questions remain whether the Sox would move Stephen Drew, call up Will Middlebrooks, who homered again Wednesday night for Pawtucket, and move Xander Bogaerts back to short.
These are all situations awaiting some resolution. The trade market has begun to accelerate; if there is to be deal-making by the Sox, it should be coming soon.