Speculation really heated up yesterday over the Red Sox' alleged pursuit of an impact arm or bat as the trade deadline approaches. The Sox were tied to all three major names out there, in varying degrees of seriousness.
We promise we haven't made any of this up, in honor of the American soldier:
The Blue Jays last week asked Boston for Clay Buchholz, Casey Kelly and "another top prospect," according to the Providence Journal. Theo Epstein isn't inclined to part with either of them. "It appears the Red Sox and Yankees are both out of contention at this point."
Ken Rosenthal says the Phillies are the team most likely to land the Jays ace, "followed by the Red Sox," and that while the Sox are "in" on Halladay, "their priority is finding offensive help," such as…
Victor Martinez (and Cliff Lee?)
Twitter has really changed the way the trade deadline is going down. One suspects there won't even be the five- to 10-minute delay after the deadline to find out about a blockbuster like there was last year in the Manny/Bay deal.
A tweet yesterday from Ed Price at AOLFanHouse said the Sox have told people "they are trying to pull off something huge" and references Joel Sherman's earlier report saying the Sox are attempting a deal that not only includes Victor Martinez but Cliff Lee, as well. Sherman says the Sox are still not wanting to include Buchholz even in a package such as that one.
Jon Heyman, meanwhile, tweeted that the Martinez talks have stalled — which would seem right if the Sox are still refusing to include Buchholz — and that instead their No. 1 focus has shifted to…
Turns out the Padres aren't so adamant about keeping him, after all. Perhaps the Sox figure if they're going to give up Buchholz-plus for Martinez, why not give up Buchholz-plus-plus for a younger, better hitter in Gonzalez?
Everyone agrees the Padres would have to be blown away to give up Gonzalez, but that's a step back from previous reports that they were turning down all offers or simply refusing to discuss him.
We all know Epstein covets Gonzalez in a major way. His youth and production would make Lars Anderson expendable, and if the Sox put together enough prospects (Buchholz, Anderson, Masterson, two others), would they be able to get Jake Peavy included as Buchholz replacement/salary dump? It would certainly be "something huge."