Thanks in part to a near-Biblical spate of injuries culminating with the loss of first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the season with a torn right-thumb muscle, the Red Sox were seven games out of first at week's end and 4½ games out of the AL wild card. With the Aug. 31 waiver deadline approaching, Boston needs to be a seller. Catcher Victor Martinez is a free agent at the end of the year, and third baseman Adrian Beltre(below), holding a player option, is likely to become one. Both could help contenders desperate for offense. The development of Daniel Bard has also made All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon expendable. Having declined precipitously over the last two seasons, Papelbon should be moved before his value drops too far.
This is an article from the Aug. 16, 2010 issue