Cherington not ready for wholesale changes just yet

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There is no light where the Sox are in the American League standings right now.

After a nice little run to end the first half of the season and pump life into the fan base, the Sox have dropped all five games to start the second half of the season. Going into Wednesday, they were last in the A.L.

For all intents and purposes, they are a dead team walking.

And the man who put it all together, GM Ben Cherington, was in Houston on Wednesday taking questions from Red Sox reporters. As he has had to do all season, he answered for his team's poor performance.

Going into Wednesday 10 games out in the division, the questions now turn to whether or not Cherington could trade some veterans away at the deadline.

While he admitted that there has been some interest in Red Sox veterans, it doesn't sound like he's ready for a fire sale.

"We just have to see," Cherington said. "I don't think anything about the last 10 days changes the general direction that we want to go. We want to continue to find ways to improve in areas we need to improve and get to a good team as quickly as we can."

As far as veteran position players go, Shane Victorino would be a nice rent-a-player. Alejandro De Aza, with his improved play on the Sox, would be a minor move. If they can find anybody who wants Mike Napoli, he'll be gone. Veterans like Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, and Pablo Sandoval have big contracts that most likely aren't going anywhere at the deadline.

There are a few relievers who the Sox could very well look to trade, including Craig Breslow and Justin Masterson.

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