Epstein: Sox will be active in trade talks

Epstein: Sox will be active in trade talks

BOSTON -- Two weeks before the July 31 Trade Deadline, executive vice president and general manager Theo Epstein said the Red Sox will continue to be active in the trade market.

"We're always actively looking," Epstein said Thursday. "It's really the same position we've been every year. Our job is to be as thorough as possible, find any possible fit to make us better."

While Epstein is open to exploring possible trades, he made it clear Boston will not make a move for the sake of making a move, believing sometimes such deals can make a team worse.

The Sox, while battling injuries to such high profile players as Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez, Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett throughout the season, remain only five games back of the American League East-leading Yankees entering the second half.

"Tito's done a good job, the whole coaching staff [has]," Epstein said. "Ultimately, it falls down on the players, holding things together and playing well and you find out what kind of organization you have as a whole when you're without some of your best players."

Yet, Epstein said, things are a lot easier when injuries do not run rampant in the clubhouse, like in 2004 and '07, when the Red Sox won the World Series.

"I do think were going to get so many guys back off the DL, were going to get a boost no matter what we do," Epstein said. "But yeah, we'd like to find a fit from the outside to make us better. We'll see."