Lucchino email: Not afraid to make a deal

Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino stressed Friday in an email to season ticket holders that the team "will be aggressive" at the July 31 trade deadline if there is a deal to be had that “makes sense.”

"We want to play October Baseball this year," wrote Lucchino, who acknowledged in the email that the team’s "play on the field has at times tested the mettle of the faithful. It could be maddening one day, enthralling the next day."

The team president’s email echoed sentiments expressed Thursday by general manager Ben Cherington, who told reporters the Red Sox were not going to be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline.

Lucchino touted the second-half return of the “varsity,” the list of players expected to come off the disabled list in the coming days and weeks. Jacoby Ellsbury is slated to return Friday, Clay Buchholz on Saturday and Carl Crawford and Dustin Pedroia could be back with the team next week.

In the letter, Lucchino also heaped praise on “our beloved Big Papi, David Ortiz” and noted he has “watched the team coalesce into a close group.”

The 43-43 Red Sox begin the second half of the season Friday night in Tampa Bay, where they start a stretch of 19 straight games against teams with a .500 record or better.

Click HERE to read the entire letter to season ticket holders.