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July 23, 2017

The Yankees’ trade last week with the White Sox for power-hitting infielder Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle took on extra meaning, because the Red Sox have very similar needs. Trading away Travis Shaw and having Pablo Sandoval turn into a pumpkin made Boston's third-base situation an even bigger mess than New York's. The Sox announced Sunday that they will call up top third-base prospect Rafael Devers rather than flush away prospects for a rental who might not be any better, so that’s one need potentially addressed.

Look for team president Dave Dombrowski to now turn his attention to an erratic bullpen that’s posted inconsistent results in front of All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, with Mets righthander Addison Reed one of several possibilities. Boston could also go looking for an upgrade at first base, where Mitch Moreland has hit like a pitcher for the past month.

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