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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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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez



JD Martinez

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



JD Martinez

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.’



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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