Source: Sox not close to anything

July, 31, 2010
7/31/10
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BOSTON -- With only a few hours before Major League Baseball’s 4 p.m. non-waivers trade deadline, the Boston Red Sox are not close to making any deals of significance, according to a baseball source.

General manager Theo Epstein has been looking for bullpen help, but has come up empty, so he will turn his attention internally. According to the source, if the Red Sox do not acquire bullpen help at today’s deadline, they will convert lefty pitching prospect Felix Doubront to a reliever and promote him along with righthander Michael Bowden from Triple-A to pitch out of the Sox bullpen.

If Epstein doesn’t pull off a last-second deal this afternoon, he’ll likely make an August waiver deal.

The Sox were in the running to acquire Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs, but the asking price was too high, according to a baseball source, and the Sox weren’t willing to give up top prospects, including pitcher Casey Kelly, and draft picks.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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