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Report: Red Sox owners prohibited Dave Dombrowski from dealing top prospects at the deadline

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The Red Sox made a couple of additions at the trade deadline, acquiring infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Giants and reliever Addison Reed from the Mets. But they didn’t make any huge splashes.

It’s possible there were no huge splashes that made sense for them, but it’s also the case, Sean McAdam of Boston Sports Journal  reports, that Sox ownership told Dombrowski at the deadline that he was not to touch the top of the farm system. Dombrowski has denied this.

Dombrowski has a reputation for a big deal, but in Detroit those big deals — however well they turned out at the big league level — served to deplete the Tigers farm system. Since coming to Boston Dombrowski has continued the trend, dealing for Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel and Drew Pomeranz. The Sox — if you believe McAdam’s sources — told Dombrowski that enough was enough and that, though winning now is clearly the goal, it should not come at the expense of winning later too.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.