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Boston Red Sox Rumor: Team Reportedly Scouting Jose Quintana



Boston Red Sox Rumor: Team Reportedly Scouting White Sox Pitcher Jose Quintana And Other Players Recently

There is a Boston Red Sox rumor that is starting to gain traction and it is in relation to getting more starting pitching depth at the major league level.

According to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, the Red Sox have been scouting White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana “and other White Sox player” recently.

The Nationals and Red Sox have had some of their top talent evaluators watching Quintana and other White Sox players recently. The Red Sox figure to be evaluating Frazier too, as they’re used five players at third base this season. Despite a subpar season, Frazier could provide stability for a team.

Quintana has made 8 starts this season, and he’s got an ERA of 4.38, a 4.22 FIP, and a 1.42 WHIP. Not great, but, over the last four seasons he has been averaging 204 innings with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Quintana would take a fairly big name prospect. For example it would be a Rafael Devers, Jason Groome, or Sam Travis. Given the pillaging that has been going on in the farm system this is not something the Boston Red Sox should be doing.

The other player Levine could be talking about might be third basemen Todd Frazier. Frazier is hitting .187, .609 OPS, with 6 doubles and 3 home runs. That is a Pablo Sandoval type of stat line, in face Sandoval could product more than that, so why bother?

Since the start of the 2016 season to now, the Boston Red Sox have the worst offensive production by OPS in the entire league with  .238 with a .668 OPS at the third base position. During that same time frame Frazier hit .220 with a .742 OPS, his OPS was elevated due to a career high 40 home runs last season. That further supports the notion that Frazier is not a real option for Boston.

Dave Dombrowski has already raided the cookie jar that is the Red Sox farm system, further trade of prospects could be detrimental to the long-term success of the organization. I would support a Quintana trade if it meant moving Blake Swihart or Christian Vasquez, potentially even a mid tier prospect who hasn’t panned out like Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, or Trey Ball.

They may need a third base option with all the injuries and lack of production, but they are actually better off waiting for Devers to make the leap to the majors sometime next season and play out the rest of the season with Sandoval when he returns from injury.

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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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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton



Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox



Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror



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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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