MLB Rumors: Red Sox Looking To Bolster Their Bullpen

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Ernesto Cova

The Boston Red Sox got off to a terrible start to the season. They went one of the most disappointing teams in Major League Baseball after all the moves they made in the offseason, but it seems like they've finally turned the corner.

That means that Chaim Bloom is likely going to make even more moves before the trade deadline, as they're on the verge of World Series contention after a nearly-perfect June.

Red Sox Need More Arms

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If they truly want to go from pretenders to contenders, they need to address their bullpen. According to Peter Gammons of The Athletic, that's going to be a point of emphasis in the wake of their recent string of injuries:

"How do the Red Sox know if they still need a couple of right-handed relievers? Because there’s no way of knowing how far and well Tommy John recoverees Chris Sale and James Paxton, injured first-time starter Garrett Whitlock (hip) and ace Nathan Eovaldi (back) will have bounced back, not to mention how Tanner Houck has adjusted to a late-inning role even after successfully converting saves in his first four tries," Gammons reported.

A Daniel Bard Reunion?

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With that in mind, they could look to bring back former Red Sox Daniel Bard, who's finally back in the Majors and excelling for the Colorado Rockies:

"Perhaps one of the most intriguing relievers in this summer’s market is Daniel Bard, 37 years old this week and now in his third year in Colorado coming off six years out of the major leagues with control issues. As of last weekend, his velocity was at 98.3 mph," Gammons said.

He's On A Team-Friendly Deal

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Bard has been spectacular but the Rockies are nowhere near contention. That plus his team-friendly deal makes him a legit candidate to go back to Fenway Park:

"Opponents have hit .094 off his sweeping slider and the fact that in the last two years, after all he endured to make it back to the majors, he learned how his body works, and with an ERA around 2.00 and 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and a $4.4 million salary he is very appealing," Gammons added.

They Have Plenty Of Options

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If not, they can also turn their attention to Mychal Givens, Chris Martin, Ian Kennedy, David Robertson, or Mark Melancon; all of which figure to be available in trade talks this season.

The Red Sox still have plenty of work to do to keep up with the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, but adding a couple of righties will surely put them on the right path.

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