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Boston Red Sox Call Up Top First Base Prospect Sam Travis From Pawtucket

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Boston Red Sox Call Up Top First Base Prospect Sam Travis From The AAA- Pawtucket Red Sox And Demote Starting Pitcher Hector Velazquez

With the Boston Red Sox struggling and in need of a back-up first basemen the club has called up one of their top prospects Sam Travis from AAA-Pawtucket. The corresponding move is the optioning of starting pitcher Hector Valazquez who struggled in the lone start he received last Thursday against the Oakland Athletics.

The move for Travis makes complete sense with starting first baseman Mitch Moreland being overused so far this season due to the fact that Hanley Ramirez is still unable to play first base due to his lingering shoulder injury. Moreland has played in 42 of 43  games for Boston, and in 176 plate appearances has a serviceable .250 /.352/.454 slash line and 5 home runs driving in 21 runners. Moreland is in the top 5 of many of the important hitting categories for Boston and even leads the team with 16 doubles. But it is important he is able to get some rest and maybe a player like Travis can provide a spark and show the franchise if he is capable of being their future first basemen.

Sam Travis is 23 years old and in 33 games for the he has a .286 batting average paired with 14 RBI’s and 4 home runs.Travis only has 70 games played at the AAA level, has accelerated through system quickly since 2014 when he entered the Boston Red Sox organization.

A major league scout has called Travis the “Next Paul Goldschmidt“, and he has shown an incredible amount of potential in Spring Training for Boston. One of Travis’s big assets is his short and compact swing that allows him to hit for contact to all parts of the ballpark. He also has the nack to have a smart eye and works the count well and understands what a pitcher could throw next, it is that reason that has helped him progress so quickly in the Red Sox system. Travis may not be a big power hitter, but his power is serviceable to the point where I would compare his potential home run numbers to former Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis.

Defensively he has a surprisingly strong arm for a first basemen but is a below-average runner and is best suited to play first. In addition to having a strong arm Travis is confident in picking ballls out of the dirt and is considered a good first basemen. Many are projecting Travis to be a starting first basemen in the major leagues as long as his bat is able to hold up, but in his short time hitting in Spring Training, he showed the ability to hit Major League pitchers and in theory could be the starting first basemen for the Boston Red Sox starting next season given the one year deal that Moreland is on.

Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski said only a few weeks ago that he sees Sam Travis as their first baseman of the future. The only thing that is of question right now is if this call-up is long-term, which is unlikely as one would expect Travis to be optioned back to Pawtucket once David Price or Pablo Sandoval returns. But if Travis is able to explode like he has in Spring Training, you might find it awfully difficult to demote a player that brought spark to a seemingly lifeless ballclub.

Moreland may have had three homeruns against Oakland, but that was the only hits he recorded in that four-game set. Even with Moreland being one of the more consistent hitters so far this season, his job is not safe because doing what he has done isn’t something out of the ordinary for a first basemen. Sam Travis may only be up in Boston for a few days, but he truly has an opportunity to tell the franchise who he really is, and in Boston we like overlooked underdogs who have had something to prove their entire careers. At 6 feet 205, Travis is just that, only time will tell if he pans out, but my money is on him being a star in the Boston spotlight.

 

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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