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Boston Red Sox Recall Hector Velazquez From Pawtucket

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Boston Red Sox Recall Starting Pitcher Hector Velazquez From Pawtucket And Option Infielder Deven Marrero

On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox recalled right-handed starter Hector Velazquez from AAA-Pawtucket and in turn optioned infielder Deven Marrero to Pawtucket.

The Red Sox needed a fresh arm in the bullpen after relievers were used for six innings on Tuesday night and 22-1/3 innings over five games during the homestand. Based on that it is being presumed that Velazquez will be used out of the bullpen for Boston.

For Pawtucket this season Velazquez is 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA and has had opponents bat .189 against him in nine starts for the PawSox. The 28-year-old righty made one start this season for Boston and it came on May 18th in Oakland where he allowed six runs over five innings pitched and suffered a loss.

Marrero in this past Major League stint did not provide much offense for Boston with a .147 avg and a .497 OPS. So far for Boston this season he has started 23 games this season for Boston and in that timeframe the Red Sox have gone 15-8. Marrero’s defense is the rated the best in the entire Red Sox organization but his offense leaves much more desired and on Tuesday Red Sox manager John Farrell made it clear the third base job is Josh Rutledge‘s right now with Pablo Sandoval coming off the bench.

Marrero has also played 19 games with the PawSox this season, going 12-for-71 (.169) with four runs, three doubles, and four RBI. With Velazquez being called up as a fresh arm there is a real possibility that Marrero will be right back up with the big team within a week.

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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