First off let’s get the rough part out of the way. The Sox are in last place in the AL East and 11 games below .500. Through 110 games, they rank 26th in the MLB with Runs Scored and have a -56 differential. My guess as to the strategy going into the deadline was to get some run production. Queue Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig. Exit hometown favorite, John Lester, and seasoned veteran, John Lackey. Given some other major deals at the deadline, I think the Sox put themselves in the best position to cure some of the major ailments of the season thus far.
While it may appear on the surface that the rotation is in shambles (it is with Buchholz as the #1), I am looking for a big deal with a starter in the offseason. My biggest takeaway is that the offensive side of the game was severely struggling and moves were made to produce runs in the short and long term. It will be exciting to see how the rest of the season will pan out.