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Time To Stay Put For Dave Dombrowski

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Boston Red Sox Rumors: Time To Stay Put For Dave Dombrowski

Rumors can swirl around like wildfire in Major League Baseball. The Boston Red Sox have been rumored to be in on a trade involving both Todd Frazier and David Robertson of the Chicago White Sox.

But according to several reports, the team was never close to a Frazier trade or even looking at Robertson.

Both players were traded on Tuesday night to division rival New York Yankees. A trade that saw Chicago continue to stockpile their ever growing pool of prospects.

New York has gotten better, to the point of a World Series or division title?

Probably not.

But enough to ruffle Dave Dombrowski’s feathers?

Yes.

Boston is in need of late inning arms. But Joe Kelly will be back soon, Carson Smith could be returning, and Brandon Workman has shown the ability to work in late innings. Boston’s bullpen has been overworked as of late, and that creates the perception of need.

But in reality, the teams biggest need is in the lineup. A lineup that has lacked pop as of late. Missing out on the home run hitting Frazier is fine, he isn’t a difference maker, he isn’t a great player.

The question has become, is it worth giving up assets for a power hitting third basemen?

The current combination is Deven Marrero and Brock Holt. A combo that defensively, is great. But this duo isn’t going to be hitting a lot of long balls or extra base hits. Missing out on Frazier shows Dombrowski is unwilling to part with the assets needed to land a player of Frazier’s stature.

Many theorized following the Frazier trade, that Boston was waiting on one of their own. Rafael Devers. A player that up until recently was playing in AA-Portland.

The 20-year-old third baseman is considered Boston’s best prospect. In 302 minor league at-bats, Devers is batting .308 with 19 home runs and 58 RBIs.

Devers has the ability to provide the pop the Boston Red Sox offense needs. But publically, Dombrowski has stressed that they want to take their time with Devers. Possibly it is because of his defensive struggles, or the fact that expecting immediate impact from a 20-year-old is not a sure thing.

Boston’s best bet for pop comes from a one-year rental. A player like Frazier could have been it. But some say they are eyeing a familiar face.

Oakland A’s infielder and former Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie is reportedly available. The switch hitter is hitting a respectable .272 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 83 games. Not a big pop, but it is more productive than anything they are receiving now.

Other names are Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison and the Giants Eduardo Nunez.

In 67 games this year Nunez is batting .297 with 4 homers and 25 RBI. He’s also got 17 steals, something Boston can use. But once again the pop isn’t there. Harrison is on the same level with the 30-year-old serving in a Brock Holt type role for the Pirates.

The Boston Red Sox do not have any easy answers at third, their best bet was Travis Shaw, a boat that has long since sailed away. What Dombrowski does here will ultimately decide little to nothing on this seasons outcome.

If a Devers call-up is in the future, great, but otherwise the best road forward is the one of little action.

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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