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Boston Red Sox Roster Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season



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For the infield I only considered players who will likely play the majority of the season in the majors, can’t put every guy who could get 25 at bats in their.

Xander Bogaerts SS:

Sir Xander Bogaerts will have to be one of the players to step up in Ortiz’s absence. He still has a ton of untapped potential and has yet to put it all together, this year feels like he could breakout, but for some reason he doesn’t, remember he is still only 24 years old.

Predictions: .310 AVG with 23 home runs and 93 RBI’s

Dustin Pedroia 2B:

The longest tenured member of the Boston Red Sox will be the leader on and off the field. Him batting out of the lead-off helped spark the Red Sox offense and his gold glove caliber defense only makes the gritty veteran the most important player on the entire team. Without Ortiz this is Pedey’s team.

Predictions: .291 AVG with 13 home runs and 70 RBI’s 

Mitch Moreland 1B:

Moreland is taking over the primary first base duties from Hanley Ramirez, will he succeed? I think he will do just fine, not as good as Mike Napoli would have though.

Predictions: .245 AVG with 18 home runs and 60 RBI’s 

Pablo Sandoval 3B:

The Panda lost a considerable amount of wait and looks like a real baseball player, he will bounce back and look like the Sandoval from the SF Giants.

Predictions: .275 AVG with 15 home runs and 72 RBI’s

Brock Holt Utility:

The utility player that plays every day will play less in 2017, and his stats will improve due to that. Holt isn’t an everyday player, and Farrell will learn from past mistakes and utilize Holt properly this season.

Predictions: .276 AVG and will play every position on the field except catcher and pitcher

Hanley Ramirez DH/1B:

Ramirez will be delegated to the DH role with the retirement of David Ortiz, a role that HR will thrive in. Oh wait did you see what I did there? Hanley’s nickname this season will be HR for all of the home runs he will hit into the Mass Pike.

Predictions: .295 AVG with 35 home runs and 120 RBI’s 

David Ortiz DH:

Just for laughs, put if Pedro Martinez is right you could see Ortiz playing in the second half of the season.

Predictions: .270 AVG with 13 home runs and 40 RBI’s 

Josh Rutledge Utility:

Brock Holt 2.0 will likely make the team over Marco Hernandez to start the season due to contract terms. That is the only reason why Josh is here instead of Marco.

Predictions: .260 and will play 3B, SS, and 2B

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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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