I'm ambivalent about the deadline. You're 3.5 out of the last wildcard. 4 out of the second. It would be easier if Duran, Casas, Wong, Downs, etc were knocking down doors for ML reps. They aren't, save for Casas (injuries and whatnot). There's a deadzone in upper minors talent, especially in the field.
The bullpen is bad (that's an off-season problem, and not just one guy). First base and a right handed hitting outfielder are a problem (again, could've been addressed in the off-season, maybe a Hunter). The injuries are an obvious problem. Adding oft-injured guys like Hill and Wacha come to roost. You learned you may have something in Crawford, maybe depth in Winckowski and that Bello (though he looked good as the bulk guy vs Milwaukee) needs more time.
That doesn't change the current situation the team is in. Oddly the Sale injury with Devers being gone for a really big stretch look as big as anything. Story being potentially misdiagnosed (or delayed in diagnosis) hurts a ton too. The Sox med staff hasn't necessarily come up roses getting guys back in action. Sometimes that's beyond control. Such is.
If deals materialize that Bloom likes, pull the trigger. I have no illusions about this team and the season. But if Bloom doesn't dig the haul, I'm ok doing nothing. If you could add a cost controlled, fledgling (but metrics darling) arm for little, do it. Maybe he values the comp picks more.
My whole life, I expect nothing and am prepared for even less. That's this trade deadline to me.