We're now under 90 minutes to the deadline, and a slightly new piece of information is just leaking out. MLBTR passes on word that Sean McAdam tweets that Peter Gammons reports (got that?) that the Sox are in the market for a lefty reliever.
The goal? Getting Franklin Morales back into the rotation.
Morales was quite successful as a starter, only getting lit up against the Yankees (who doesn't?). He's a hard-throwing lefty with a high pedigree -- it's a good idea to see what we can get out of him. With Clay Buchholz returning to form and Felix Doubront looking like a serviceable starter, having another cheap starter would certainly be nice. Maybe it'll help convince management to stop paying $15+ million for free agent pitchers.
As for leaving the rotation, that's anyone's guess. It would open up a chance for Jon Lester's phantom injury, which we've all been waiting for. Or prepare the team to move Beckett after the non-waiver deadline. Or demote Cook. Or just go with six guys. Whatever the case, it sounds like it gives the team some better options than what it is currently facing.