MLB trade grades: Dealing for Tommy Pham adds to confusing deadline for the Red Sox

Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

The trade: Red Sox acquired OF Tommy Pham from the Reds for a player to be named later.

The Red Sox spent Monday trading away veterans, but they also spent Monday acquiring veterans. Is Boston in or out on this playoff chase?

For a brief span Monday, the Red Sox's trade deadline approach looked positively bizarre. On one hand, they dealt away starting catcher Christian Vazquez. Then they were acquiring a veteran hitter in Pham, who is on an expiring contract.

So ... are the Red Sox going for it? Or not?