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Boston Red Sox Might Try Blake Swihart Out At First Base In The Near Future

The Boston Red Sox are looking for something reliable at first base. Mitch Moreland has done fine by the terms of his contract, but his recent struggles might make for Boston to call for something more.

Sam Travis was an option, but he has just 25 at-bats in the last 28 games and was optioned back to Pawtucket. Travis’s struggles came against right-handed pitching where he hit .71 against in 14 at-bats. Now with third base being a priority upgrade, Boston will look within for the answer at first.

One candidate is Blake Swihart who is currently on the DL in Pawtucket. According to Manager John Farrell, Swihart will see time at third and first once activated.

“He’s been the on the DL because of the ankle issue, and as he gets back active, the stress of catching is not allowing him to catch as a regular everyday catcher. We’re going to begin to move him around the infield. He’s going to take groundballs at first, he’ll take some at third, he’ll still catch some. But the ankle is a limiting factor right now as far as how many games consecutively he can catch.”

Ahead of Farrell’s comments on Tuesday, Swihart was seen fielding ground balls at first base at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.

While Swihart moving to one of the hot corners is due to his ankle, in turn, it presents him as an option for Boston this season. With the Boston Red Sox struggling to find offensive production from their current lineup, Swihart could be a call-up after he returns to the PawSox lineup.

One thing that has always endeared Red Sox fans to Swihart is the hitting catcher aspect. A catcher who can hit 15-20 home runs a season and bat closer to .300. Something that a healthy Swihart could potentially do.

Swihart has had 350 at-bats in his major league career, almost a full seasons worth. And in that time he batted .271 with inconsistent playing time. His MLB OPS is .714 and in theory, he has yet to hit his ceiling for Boston.

With Moreland’s average plummeting to .251, Boston could seek a change at first base. Something they already seem to be considering with a Swihart try out at the position in AAA and with Hanley Ramirez now potentially getting playing time in the field.

While Swihart has yet to play the position, Boston has a history of feeling comfortable with Swihart starting at a new position with limited experience. When trying him at in left field, Swihart only played in 11 games in Pawtucket before a Major League call-up.

For the moment, it seems that it is still Moreland’s position to lose. With the veteran claiming his toe is fully healthy and now his focus is on fixing his mechanics.

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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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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