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Boston Red Sox Rookie Rafael Devers Looking To Be A Superstar

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Boston Red Sox Rookie Rafael Devers Looking To Be A Superstar

The Boston Red Sox called up 20-year-old Rafael Devers on Sunday to help kick start their offense. Devers watched Monday nights loss on the bench as he awaited his Major League debut on Tuesday.

Prior to the loss, Devers talked about how he envisions being a superstar.

“For me the work is never done,” he said through a translator to reporters in Seattle. “I just want to learn how to be a superstar third baseman. Everyone tells me the only way to do that is through constant work, just like when you’re hitting you have to do constant work. They told me daily work at third base is going to make a difference, make me the superstar I want to be.”

After being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 14, he’s hit .400 in nine games. Devers said he was actually expecting to get promoted to the majors soon.

“Of course,” he said. “You work hard to make your dream come true, and that’s what I’ve been doing. When you see that hard work pays off and you get the call, it doesn’t surprise me.”

Devers is expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday night to take on Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. One thing to look at with Devers is his defense which has been an issue at every level in the minor league system.

But this is a young player that is used to making quick adjustments. In AA Portland he wasn’t used to facing breaking balls, in AAA-Pawtucket he started to see some more. This caused him to have a hitless night on his second AAA game with the PawSox.

But the third base prospect was quick to adjust and was able to wait on the breaking ball the next game.

“the main difference is that the first day [I] gets 4 hits and [saw] a lot of fastballs. The next day, there are breaking balls left and right. You have to make that adjustment.” said Devers in Pawtucket.

Despite what his struggles might be, Pawtucket’s Manager Kevin Boles spoke highly of Boston’s top prospect.

“Watching him defensively, hes got real good action. [He] has arm strength, quality footwork. Offensively, you can see the hand speed there.”

“He’s able to foul off pitchers pitches and extend at bats. Hopefully he can be a productive out and a tough out. It’s very impressive for a young hitter” said Kevin Boles Regarding Devers

It is important for Boston Red Sox fans to have realistic expectations of the young player as he makes his Major League debut. But it appears as if his dreams of becoming a superstar are a very real possibility.

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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