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Boston Red Sox Place Sandoval On DL, Call Up Travis And Marrero



Boston Red Sox Place Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval On DL, Option Austin Maddox To AAA, And Call Up Sam Travis And Deven Marrero

The Boston Red Sox have made several roster moves ahead of Tuesday’s game with the Kansas City Royals.

  • Third-basemen, Pablo Sandoval, has been placed on the 10-day-disabled-list with a left inner ear infection.
  • Right-handed reliever Austin Maddox has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Monday nights game against the Royals.
  • Utility infielder Deven Marrero and first-basemen Sam Travis have been called up from Pawtucket.

The Stats Behind The Moves

This is the second time this season that Sandoval finds himself on the DL. The first time came on April 25th, when he suffered a right knee sprain. Sandoval has only been active since May 19th and in that time has had 99 plate appearances.

In those plate appearances Sandoval is batting .212 with 4 home-runs and 12 RBIs. Defensively, Sandoval has committed five errors in just 29 games at third base. His fielding percentage of .914, is well below his career average of .957.

Maddox has appeared in two-games for Boston since getting called up on June 15th. He has thrown 2 innings in relief allowing 1 hit and striking out one batter.

Marrero is getting called back up just a week after he was optioned to Pawtucket from Boston. He has 83 at-bats for Boston this season and is batting .157 with 3 home runs and 11 RBIs. What Marrero brings to the table is excellent defense. He has only committed 2 errors in 29 games at third this season for the Red Sox. Defensively he is the best third basemen in the organization.

Travis on the other hand has spent a little more time back in Pawtucket since his last call-up after being optioned on June 9th. Despite being in Boston for about two weeks, Travis only saw 17 at-bats at the Major League level. He did however bat .471 in that stretch and stole a base. It is unclear what his role will be with Boston and for how long he will stay with the team.

Where Will The Playing Time Go?

Marrero will likely be “the guy” at third base with Josh Rutledge playing second base with Dustin Pedroia dealing with a lingering injury from the Houston series finale. For Travis, he might see at-bats if Hanley Ramirez continues to hit sub-par at the plate with his disappointing .245 batting average. But his position of first base is blocked by Mitch Moreland who is batting .270 on the season and has done everything that has been asked of him and more.

With Moreland though, he has played in 66 of the 70 games played by the Boston Red Sox season. And he is only batting .254 in June and is hitless in Boston’s last three games. Could be a good time for John Farrell to give Moreland a few days off to give the veteran first basemen some much needed rest. Based on Tuesday’s starting lineup, that is exactly what Farrell has in mind.

Tuesday’s starting lineup:

Mookie Betts RF

Chris Young LF

Xander Bogaerts SS

Hanley Ramirez DH

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Sam Travis 1B

Josh Rutledge 2B

Sandy Leon C

Deven Marrero 3B

Chris Sale LHP

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



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



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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