While teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, and Blue Jays went out and traded unproven prospects for established stars to boost their teams before the second half of the season, the Red Sox flailed, and let their trade targets go to other teams that the Sox are competing against for playoff positioning. Most notably, the Red Sox decided not to trade for star first basemen Anthony Rizzo, who ended up on the damn Yankees. First base was the biggest area of need for the Sox, so letting this slip was a terrible look. Pitchers like Kyle Gibson and Jose Berrios were dealt, with Berrios being dealt to the Blue Jays, another AL East team looking to make a push for the playoffs.
The Sox ended up getting Kyle Schwarber, a great power hitter, from the Washington Nationals. Even though he is currently hurt, he will provide some power from the left side of the plate, and offers defensive versatility. It wasn't a bad acquisition, but for their needs it didn't particularly address the problems with starting pitching and first base. While I understand being reluctant to trade players like Triston Casas or Jeter Downs, the Red Sox are in prime position to make a deep playoff run in the American League, and Chaim Bloom sitting on his hands while other contenders made major upgrades isn't a great feeling. After this deadline, it seems like Bloom is planning on the future instead of this year, an idea that could cost them a chance at a World Series this year, but set them up for success in the future.