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Boston Red Sox Trade For Reliever Addison Reed From The New York Mets

On the morning of the MLB trade deadline, the Boston Red Sox have traded three prospects to the New York Mets for reliever Addison Reed.

In exchange for Reed, the Red Sox are sending New York Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista, and Stephen Nogosek. Also, Boston will pay the remaining money on Reed’s contract which is up at the end of the season.

Callahan is No.20 of Red Sox prospects rankings, Bautista No.47, and Nogosek is No.25. Callahan has pitched in Pawtucket and is the closest to major league ready but all three are Rule 5 eligible this offseason.Scouts do believe that Callahan has the makings of a Major League late inning reliever

Scouts do believe that Callahan has the makings of a Major League late inning reliever. He has a fastball with 92-95 velocity with movement that can touch a tad higher. His splitter and slider are above average. In terms of organizational depth, Callahan was close to getting called up if there was a non-trade for a reliever.

Reed has appeared in 48 games for New York this season pitching 49 innings with a 2.57 ERA and has 19 saves. He is a 28-year-old righty who has pitched for the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Mets.

Reed’s fastball velocity for this season is 92.6 with his other two pitches being a changeup (85.7) and a slider (85.8).

In 3 seasons of American League experience for the White Sox had a 4.17 ERA in 133.2 innings pitched. It is worth noting this came at the ages of 22,23, and 24. While this isn’t comforting, he was able to settle down for Arizona and New York.

His playoff experience has all come with the Mets in 2015 and 2016. He has a 5.63 ERA in postseason baseball in 8 innings pitched with 10 appearances.  In the 2015 World Series he pitched in 5 games giving up 4 runs, 3 of them earned in 3.2 innings pitched. Not a ton of postseason experience, but the sample that is available doesn’t inspire confidence for a team looking for a lot of postseason baseball this season.

Reed has been an effective reliever for New York and has pitched very well since the start of the 2015 season. His American League experience is there, but he struggled during his time with the White Sox. Reed adds needed bullpen depth for the Boston Red Sox joining the ranks of Craig Kimbrel of Red Sox pitchers who have closing ability.

One thing that is truly troubling with Reed is his home and away splits. At Citi Field, this season he has 26.2 innings pitched with a 1.01 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. On the road he has 22.1 innings pitched with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Red Sox fans can compared this to Matt Barnes home and away splits of this season.

In 2015, scouts were mixed on Reed.

“He’s a big strong guy with a bad delivery. If you throw strikes with that kind of delivery it’s called deception, if you don’t throw strikes, it’s called a bad delivery,” one MLB scout told The Post’s Kevin Kernan. “He’s a fastball-slider guy who can’t throw enough strikes. I don’t think he had that mentality to pitch the ninth inning. He’s going to walk people. His arm strength isn’t what it was — he used to be in the mid to upper 90s and that helped him get by. But if he can clean up that delivery a bit, he can be effective and [Mets pitching coach] Dan Warthen has been a miracle worker over there.’’

The trade for Reed fills a need that Boston has been seeking. He has the opportunity to be a key piece of the bullpen that lacks high leverage relievers. Boston gave up a fair amount of prospects, but only time will tell if this is a good trade.

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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