ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With a little more than three weeks to go before the trade deadline, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski's task looks a lot simpler now than it did in late May.

After dropping a third straight game to the Athletics on May 20, the Red Sox were a .500 team with plenty of flaws. Their starting pitching was still a mess, with plenty of physical question marks. Their offense was inconsistent, brought down by underperformance from otherwise established players and a black hole at third. Their bullpen was good, but not in an apparently sustainable way.

In the seven weeks since, Boston has looked like one of the best and most complete teams in baseball.

Since that loss to Oakland, the Red Sox own the third-best record in all of baseball (behind only Los Angeles and Houston). In that span, the Sox have been 5.5 games better than any team in their division, and the club's playoff odds have essentially doubled from 46 percent to 92 percent, according to Baseball Prospectus.

Their starting pitching has gotten healthier. David Price has returned to the mound and to form, Drew Pomeranz has been lights out for nearly two months and Doug Fister provides the type of veteran depth option the team lacked in April and May.

Their bullpen has continued to excel. Joe Kelly looks more and more like the real deal, provided he's available on a given day, while Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree have remained reliable.

And even third base looks less like an abyss now than it used to, thanks to the unforeseeable contributions of Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin.

Do the Red Sox need to do anything — anything at all — between now and July 31?

Well, let's not go too far.

While Dombrowski conceded that standing pat is a possibility, he didn't sound like a man perfectly content with his roster just yet.

"We've played better. Sure, that affects your decisions," said Dombrowski. "But I'm also of the thought process that you’ve got the trading deadline. If you're going to try to get better, this is the time you need to do it."

You can apply that thought most keenly to third base, where in the short term Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin have been stabilizing godsends. Given the lack of major-league track record and the small samples involved, though, it seemed as if Dombrowski were still leaning toward an external addition.

"You are always inspecting what possibilities are out there. You always want to make your club better," he said. "Right now out guys are playing very well, but it's short-term looks."

Players such as Chicago's Todd Frazier, Oakland's Jed Lowrie and Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison would all make some sense as longer-term options at the hot corner.

In the bullpen, Carson Smith's prolonged return from Tommy John surgery means the team can't necessarily count on him being a relief mainstay over the final two months. That adds some uncertainty to whether another bullpen arm is a luxury or a necessity.

Dombrowski said the Sox wouldn't look to add an arm just for the sake of adding an arm, saying he liked the team's bullpen depth. But he didn't rule out an addition there the way he did in the rotation.

Dombrowski saying he's not in the market for a starter makes sense given the performance of those currently in the rotation and the imminent return of Eduardo Rodriguez. Even so, we'll point out that Dombrowski said he wasn't in the market for a starting pitcher about four weeks before dealing for Chris Sale last winter.

At this point, the trade market hasn't changed much from where it was in April and May, with a handful of teams set as clear buyers and sellers and much of the league stuck somewhere in the middle. Entering play Saturday, 12 of the 15 American League teams were within five games of a playoff spot.

"The reality is that most people are saying they want to push their decisions off until as late as they possibly can," Dombrowski said.

The Red Sox have put themselves in a solid position entering the All-Star break — "We control our destiny, which is always good," Dombrowski said. But the executive knows full well there's work to be done.

"You can never take things for granted, and you know how things can change," he said. "We have a long way to go ahead of us, and we'll take care of business."