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Brian Johnson Heading To The DL, Velazquez Will Probably Take His Spot In The Rotation

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Brian Johnson Heading To The DL, Velazquez Will Probably Take His Spot In The Rotation

Last night, Brian Johnson pitched for the Boston Red Sox, only going 2.2 innings. Johnson was then taken out of the game with an apparent injury. It came out later on that he left the game with left shoulder discomfort. Johnson said after the game he wasn’t concerned about the injury however. He was just going to see how it felt on Thursday.

This morning on 98.5 FM the sports hubs mid-day show, Zolak and Bertrand, Jared Carrabis reported that Brian Johnson is going to be heading to the Disabled list.

Having Johnson being placed on the disabled list is a killer to the Red Sox starting rotation, especially with the Eduardo Rodriguez still on the disabled list. But after Johnson came out of the game last night, Hector Velazquez pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 walk and struck out 2. Velasquez showed us that he can pitch effectively at the major league level.

Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles has been very opened that in Velazquezs’ start against the Athletics was not what he has shown at Pawtucket. He was pitching middle-middle in that start. Last night, Velasquez showed that he can get outs at the Major league level.

Hector Velazquez

Now that Brian Johnson is heading to the disabled list, Hector Velasquez is the obvious replacement in the starting rotation. Velazquez has shown that he can pitch very effectively at the AAA level. He works both sides of the plate, up and down, and he uses all of his pitches when he is pitching effectively.

The next time that spot come up in the rotation is on Monday night when the Red Sox are playing in Kansas City. We should know by Saturday the latest if Velazquez will officially take over that spot.

 

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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