The Boston Red Sox won’t win the AL East, the Yankees will

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BOSTON, MA – JULY 31: Eduardo Nunez /

Who Boston added

Prior to the MLB trade deadline, the Boston Red Sox added both an infielder and a back end reliever. Eduardo Nunez was acquired first in a deal with the San Francisco Giants, while Addison Reed was acquired from the New York Mets on deadline day.

Yes, both players will make Boston a better team, but I don’t think either of them puts the Red Sox over the top.

Nunez has already proved to be a valuable player, especially with Dustin Pedroia missing a few games. He’s filled in at second base, and his bat has been pretty nice in Boston. Nunez is hitting .471 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI in 19 plate appearances. While his bat will likely cool down a bit, he should be able to maintain his .308 average that he had with the Giants. His play at second base has also allowed Boston to keep Rafael Devers at third. Devers has been hot and hopefully, the pair can carry the Red Sox to some wins.

Addison Reed was acquired on deadline day and Red Sox manager John Farrell has already said Reed will begin as the setup man for Craig Kimbrel. Reed was a strong setup man in New York before he took over the closer role. The hopes are that Joe Kelly, Reed, and Kimbrel will be able to close out games in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. I just don’t think the Red Sox made enough moves.