10 questions on the second half

Our writers weigh in on the biggest issues facing the Red Sox the rest of the way

Updated: July 14, 2010, 3:49 PM ET
By Gordon Edes and Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

1. What's the Red Sox's biggest need at the trade deadline? Give us names to keep an eye on.

Gordon Edes: Relief help. It's the trickiest thing to trade for (see Eric Gagne), but the Red Sox's bullpen ERA of 4.71 is exceeded only by Seattle. Look at the non-contenders for possibilities: Scott Downs, Will Ohman, Brandon League, Octavio Dotel, Kerry Wood, Evan Meek and Matt Capps.

Joe McDonald: Bullpen help. Bullpen help. Bullpen help. Nagging injuries ...

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