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Boston Red Sox Give Update On David Price

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Boston Red Sox Give Update On David Price

Boston Red Sox starter David Price has been battling elbow injuries all season long. With the starter on the DL and the season closing in a month, the window for him to return is closing.

But thankfully for Price, there is an opportunity for him to return before that window closes for good.

According to the Boston Red Sox Price will throw off a mound on Wednesday at the Rogers Centre. He hasn’t thrown off a mound since July 22nd, the last game he pitched before landing on the 10-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.

If he can throw off the mound on Wednesday it would be a huge step for him.

“It would be a big step,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell of Price’s return to the mound. “You know, any time a pitcher goes through that longtoss and flat ground phase of their throwing, you start to incorporate the angle, that’s clearly a positive step. We’ll see how things build into tomorrow.”

The issue for Price is the lack of opportunities to pitch in a minor league game to rehab. Many of the affiliates have their seasons ending on Monday. It is for that reason that John Farrell believes Price making a rehab start is a stretch at this point.

“Just in general,  assuming he gets on the mound [Wednesday],  I can’t envision him being in a game in a week,” Farrell said. As we did prior to him starting  the season with us,  there were five or six sim  games that we put together that we were able to build up a physical base. I would guess that we’d probably take that same approach, provided that we get to that.”

As for options to build Price back up, the Sox manager explained, “At this time of year, you have a number of things. In  September, we’re  going to have extra guys right here. You can put something together right here.”

Chances are any type of build up for Price will not be enough for him to be a legit starting option for the Boston Red Sox unless they work out some type of situation where he rehabs at the major league level with protection behind him in the bullpen.

One could imagine that he could find work out of the bullpen. It is a role he has done before including in the 2015 playoffs with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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