It seems that each and every year, no one knows what to expect out of the Boston Red Sox when the trade deadline approaches. Two years ago, the team was mired in one of its worst seasons in recent memory, completely quitting on first year manager Bobby Valentine by the time July 31st rolled around. It wasn’t until just after the deadline, however, when the unloaded the contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett to the Los Angeles Dodgers. By ridding themselves of those three players, the Red Sox were able to spend a little extra on players they coveted during the winter of 2012-2013, eventually building a championship contender. Last year, the Red Sox acquired Jake Peavy at the trade deadline, a move that helped them solidify their stranglehold on the AL East division, and ultimately helped them win a World Series crown.
Well, 2014 has not gone exactly to plan for the Boston faithful. Peavy was eventually shipped out as the team skidded into the All-Star break, along with three other members of the starting rotation – Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Felix Doubront. Johnny Gomes was moved as well, and the Red Sox look to be spending the final months of the 2014 season allowing their young players to get some valuable reps and try to see if new acquisitions such as Yoenis Cespedes, Joe Kelly, and Allen Craig will be permanent fixtures on future Red Sox teams.