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Boston Red Sox Promote Rafael Devers From AAA Pawtucket

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Boston Red Sox Promote Top Prospect Rafael Devers From AAA Pawtucket

Following Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced that the Red Sox selected the contract of Rafael Devers. The Red Sox haven’t announced what the corresponding move is yet.

Devers has played in 9 games for AAA Pawtucket since being promoted from AA Portland on July 14th. In those games, he hit .400, with 2 home runs, and 4 RBI’s.

However, he has struggled defensively. During his small sample size with AAA Pawtucket, he has committed 4 fielding errors.

Analysis Of The Call Up

During the past week, Trifecta Network has covered 7 of his 9 games at AAA Pawtucket. From what we have seen, he is ready offensively. However he is not defensively. Devers has trouble with footwork and throwing the ball over to 1st base.

This move is clearly a move by the Red Sox to have offense from the 3rd base position. Yes the offense is struggling and they need somehting to help jump start it, and the team is hoping that Devers does that. Dave Dombrowski acknowledged that the if they were to aquire a 3rd basemen via trade, the price was too expensive.

This is the type of move that could mess with Devers as a baseball player. He is only 20 years old. He needed extra time at AAA Pawtucket to be able to work on his footwork and ability to throw over to first base. If he is making those mistakes at the AAA level, it’s not a big deal. But if he is making those mistakes at the major league level, it could mess with him. Since he is so young, that could mess with him.

Devers should have been at AAA Pawtucket the rest of this season, and then go to the Arizona Fall League. Then next season start at AAA Pawtucket. See if he can get better defensively in April. If he can, you call him up. Even though Devers is really good defensively, he needs to be able to field a ball properly. I see his defense being so much of a struggle, it could mess with him mentally.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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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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