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Boston Red Sox Roster Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season

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Relief Pitchers

Craig Kimbrel RHP:

The closer for Boston is still one of the best in the game despite posting a career high 3.40 ERA in 2016, this year though the flamethrowing pitcher will bounce back and be the go-to closer you need in Boston.

Predictions: 40 saves and a 2.75 ERA

Joe Kelly RHP:

Another hard throwing option for Farrell to use, this one was a starter until last season. Kelly will be dynamite out of the pen this season and will be one of the go-to late inning pitchers for Boston.

Predictions: 41 appearances with a 3.40 ERA

Robbie Ross Jr. LHP:

The Jared Carrabis dubbed “Lawnmower” will be a solid option for the games where the starter fails to go past the 5th inning. If he isn’t the third or fourth best option out of the pen then the Red Sox should be fine.

Predictions: 46 appearances with a 3.75 ERA

Carson Smith RHP:

Smith underwent tommy john surgery last season and has yet to be of use for Boston when they traded Wade Miley for him prior to last season. If his recovery goes according to plan he should be a late inning option in the second half of the season

Predictions: 20 appearances with a 3.25 ERA

Tyler Thornburg RHP:

The Sox traded Travis Shaw for Thornburg this past offseason, he will in theory serve in the setup role with the departure of Junichi Tazawa/Koji Uehara/ and Brad Ziegler.

Predictions: 47 appearances with a 3.90 ERA

Robby Scott LHP:

Scott is in a battle for the last bullpen roster spot with Abad and Omas, Scott can pitch in a variety of roles and should see plenty of action for Boston this season.

Predictions: 30 appearances with a 3.79 ERA 

Fernando Abad LHP:

Abad will struggle again in Boston this season, I think he ends up being waived at some point in favor of Scott. The deal for Abad will go down as one of Dombrowski’s biggest blunder when this is all said and done considering they gave up Pat Light for Abad last season.

Predictions: 22 appearances with a 5.60 ERA 

Matt Barnes RHP:

Barnes was overused early last season with a lack of real options for Farrell to use. Barnes could be a solid 7th inning guy for Boston and like last year he will either look filthy or look awful with a lack of third pitch.

Predictions: 46 appearances with a 3.91 ERA

Heath Hembree RHP:

Hembree is an actual right handed specialist with righties only hitting .200 off him, if used in that role he can have a great season for Boston. Outside of that role lefties his .338 off of him, if Farrell uses him correctly he will be ok, if not watch out Boston.

Predictions: 23 appearances with a 3.30 ERA

Edgar Olmos LHP:

One of the three competing for the lefty specialist role, he has the chance to see solid time in Boston if Scott or Abad fail or get injured.

Predictions: 30 appearances with a 4.40 ERA

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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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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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