"We're not a perfect club, that's for sure,'' Epstein said while meeting with reporters in the visitors' dugout before Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
"I can't sit here and say we'll definitely make a blockbuster trade,'' he said. "For one thing, there's not a huge market for sellers right now. But it's a long way from July 31. Market dynamics change, our own situation can change.''
Epstein acknowledged that the lack of production in right field is an area that obviously needs upgrading. What he doesn't know, he said, is whether that will require acquiring outside help.
"Obviously we've noticed,'' Epstein said. "I think you'd have to be blind not to notice. We're not getting much out of right field. We all expect to get more out of it going forward.
"These things all work themselves out. I am encouraged by the fact that we can be where we are offensively without much of anything out of right field. We will get better. There's no way we're going to have the same production that we've had so far. We'll improve internally, and who knows, there's a chance we'll improve at various spots externally.''
"We'll definitely be actively involved in trade discussions,'' Epstein said. "We may be very active, we may be less active. We may be involved in smaller things. We'll see.
"We have needs. We have areas that we have to upgrade. Those upgrades might come from guys on the 25-man roster playing better and getting locked in. Improvements might come from guys off the DL or guys in the minor leagues. I'm sure in some form or another we'll find an external solution to some of our needs.''
ESPN Boston: Epstein: 'We're not a perfect club, for sure'
You mean the Red Sox are not the best, flawless team in the majors?!? Are you sure? My day was going just swell until I read this.
From day one we all realized the Red Sox are not a perfect club, and the success prior to interleague play pushed that thought out of everyone's head.
Theo pointed out right field, and I am sure he is going to try to unload J.D.'s expiring contract on someone. I doubt there will be many, if any, buyers for Drew. Maybe get some average minor-leaguers for Drew and put Reddick in right. I really don't care what they get or do with him, just get him out of Boston.
Fix whatever needs to get fixed Theo, this is getting pretty damn frustrating.
On Page 2: Papi made it out alive after playing first
It was a tough night for Ortiz, and he had a bit of rust to shake off. Worley was great, the Sox offense was not...end of story.
Rest of the links:
CSNNE: Lackey takes hard luck loss vs. Phillies | McAdamn: Low-scoring wins key to Sox future | Herald: 'Agonized' Terry Francona needs perspective | WEEI: Little drama to be found in the Red Sox big switcheroo | ESPN Boston: Nomar, Obrien on loss to Phils | Globe: Out of order