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Dombrowski Plays Down Bullpen Need



Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski Plays Down Need For Bullpen Help In Press Conference

One apparent area of need for the Boston Red Sox is adding a late inning reliever.

But according to Team President Dave Dombrowski, the need for a setup type of reliever is over rated by fans.

Dombrowski explained as much in a press conference ahead of Friday nights game against the New York Yankees.

“Well, I mean, I was having a conversation with somebody the other day,” Dombrowski said. “Actually, I’ll tell you, we were sitting there on Monday, no Tuesday. My parents are in town. So, they’re sitting there and my dad’s a big baseball fan, he follows us, and he said, ‘Gosh, it looks like you really need a setup guy, right?’ And I said, ‘I’m not sure why we need a setup man.’ I said, ‘Dad, Joe Kelly hasn’t given up a run in 2 1/2 months. It’s the first run he’s given up in 2 1/2 months, and now all of a sudden, we need a setup guy.’ Again, can you get better? Yes. I don’t think it’s a glaring need for us. I think we’ll keep an open mind again.

“For example, I don’t think we’re going to get starting pitching. I think our starting pitching is set. There’s a couple of other places that you could be open-minded to, but I don’t feel it’s a glaring need in the sense that we do have, I think it’s the second-best bullpen in the American League. Kelly’s thrown well, Barnes has thrown well. We need a little more consistency from him. And [Heath] Hembree’s done a good job. Again, I think it’s an area to keep an open mind to.”

While he doesn’t see the bullpen as a glaring need, he certainly has an “open mind” to it as the July 31st MLB trade deadline approaches. But as Dombrowski says, the Boston Red Sox bullpen has been one of the best in baseball this season.

The bullpen has an ERA of 3.08, second-best in the AL and third-best in the majors. One of the issues with the bullpen is betting on Joe Kely and Heath Hembree continuing their overall first half success going forward. But for the Boston Red Sox, they have several options from within.

Carson Smith is still working his way back from Tommy John Surgery and could throw off a mound within the next week. While he isn’t one to be relied on after such a long time off, he is an option for Boston. Other options in the organization include Brandon Workman.

This season Workman owns a 3.38 ERA in 2 appearances for the Red Sox with 5.1 IP. But with Workman, the idea is recapturing his success from the 2013 playoffs. A World Series run that saw the then rookie throw 8.2 IP over 7 games giving up 7 hits and zero earned runs. Workman suffered an elbow injury and his career was derailed by undergoing Tommy John Surgery in June of 2015. He was out for over a year with the right-handed reliever only starting his rehab assignment on July 5th, 2016.

Other than two appearances this season for Boston, Workman has been delegated to pitch for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Down in Triple-A he has done his job pitching 29 innings while striking out 35 batters and possessing a 1.55 ERA.

For Workman, the waiting game has become increasingly frustrated, with the trade deadline on July 31st, the time for Workman to get a real look is now. If Boston decides that from within is not an option, the trade market for them seems to be All-Star Pat Neshek.

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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