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Break up the Red Sox?

Boston’s season is spiraling, with a 6-16 July following a 20-6 June, leading to some believing that the Sox may be in position to ship off some assets ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline.

There’s a small problem: Boston’s wishy-washy ways are complicating matters ahead of the trade deadline. While the AL East might be well out of reach, the wild card is a possibility at 49-49. Boston sits just 3 1/2 games back of the final wild-card spot in the Junior Circuit, and the team still believes it can make it there.

“Everybody moved to writing off this group,” Red Sox GM Chaim Bloom said Tuesday. “We’re going to explore a lot of stuff. Some of that might be things people expect, some of it might not be, but we want to get this group to the postseason.”

That doesn’t exactly sound like a seller, but the Red Sox might still move one or two of their big names before the deadline.

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Here’s the latest on who’s available and who isn’t for Boston:

According to recent reports, here’s who’s on the block and who isn’t:

J.D. Martinez

Status: Available

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Red Sox DH is “out in the trade market.” If that’s the case, then Martinez instantly becomes one of the best bats on the block ahead of Aug. 2.

Through 82 games, Martinez is slashing .299/.367/.477 with nine home runs and 30 doubles, and while his power isn’t what it used to be, the soon-to-be 35-year-old could slot in nicely with an NL team as a DH in the stretch run of the season.

Martinez is in the last year of his deal, making him an extremely effective rental if Boston does decide to move on from him in the next week.

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Rafael Devers

Status: Unavailable

Devers reportedly turned down a contract extension during spring training, with the two sides reportedly “very far apart” in contract talks. That could lead some to believe that the Red Sox could move Devers with another year of team control, jumpstarting a potential rebuild and getting a massive haul in return.

But according to Red Sox president Sam Kennedy, no discussions surrounding a Devers trade have taken place. So, for the moment, it appears as though the star third baseman is going nowhere.

Xander Bogaerts

Status: Unavailable

Bogaerts is expected to opt out of the remaining three years and $60 million of his contract following the season, but Boston seems to be holding onto him, as well, unless something goes very wrong in the next week.

Both Sam Kennedy and Chaim Bloom made it clear that the current plan is to hold onto both Bogaerts and Devers for the rest of the way.

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