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Red Sox Should Stay Put At Deadline



Boston Red Sox should stay put with the MLB trade deadline approaching

The Boston Red Sox are in 1st place in the AL East at the All-Star break. Being in first place can be misleading for some.

Boston has had inconsistencies out of much of their lineup and in their pitching staff from top to bottom. With the MLB trade deadline approaching in a few weeks, the debate on what the Red Sox should do will likely pick up.

There have been rumblings of adding another reliever to the bullpen. A few months back there was the Mike Minor Rumor, and on Tuesday Rob Bradford of WEEI connected Boston to all-star reliever Pat Nesheck.

Boston’s bullpen will likely continue to be an area of discussion. Any decision by Dave Dombrowski will likely come after an update on Carson Smith. Smith has been poised for a rehab for much of the last month but keeps on getting shut down. If Smith is indeed returning this year it would make sense to not make a move for a reliever.

If Smith doesn’t pan out, Boston has Brandon Workman down in AAA-Pawtucket who could be given a real shot at the Majors again.

Third Base Could Get An Upgrade

The other main area of debate is third base. A position that has seen Pablo Sandoval fail at earning his spot. For months Boston played musical chairs at third with Josh Rutledge, Sandoval, Deven Marrero, and Tzu-wei Lin getting time in.

Marrero is the best defensive third basemen in the entire organization but his bat isn’t the greatest. But he has been swinging a hot bat heading into the All-star break. Lin on the other hand was called up right from AA-Portland and has exceeded all expectations of him.

Both Marrero and Lin have helped stabilize the third base position making a need for a trade seem slim at best.

With Brock Holt, Rutledge, and Sandoval all rehabbing their way back to the majors, Boston has several options outside of Lin or Marrero to help themselves out from within at third.

By now you can tell that the best course of action I am recommending is one of no action.

This Boston Red Sox team has the talent to win the AL East and still have room to grow from within. But with Dombrowski’s track record, there is a chance anything happens.

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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