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John Farrell Stands By Andrew Benintendi And Says He Is Not A “Platoon Player”

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Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell Stands By Rookie Outfielder Andrew Benintendi And Says He Is Not A “Platoon Player”

In a storyline that is surprising to many, including me, Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell came out and took a stand in support of rookie Andrew Benintendi after claims of him being a platoon player.

Before getting into why this is surprising, let me explain what has happened to the young left fielder.

Andrew Benintendi has seen his playing time decrease with his struggles, with Red Sox manager John Farrell often times sending out Chris Young against left-handed starters.

“I think when we go through a stretch where there’s maybe two, three games where guys get — you take advantage your a roster, all of a sudden it becomes a platoon. He’s not a platoon player,” Farrell said before the series opener against the O’s. “But you pick spots where guys can maybe spark an offense with Chris Young being inserted. I don’t see him as a platoon player.”

Heading into May 10, Andrew Benintendi possessed a .916 OPS. Since that time, however, the lefty hitter has gone 8-for-64 (.125) with just one extra-base hit.

Despite what his stats are saying right now, Farrell believes his young player will be able to turn it around at the plate.

“I think he’s been good. We’ve asked a lot of him too,” Farrell said. “Particularly as we’ve gone through a realignment in the lineup. Slid him down to the four hole which he handled well. Like a lot of players there’s going to be some ebbs and flows to the season. He’s in a little bit of one right now. Chris Young has swung the bat well against Wade Miley so a little bit of a matchup in play here. But we fully expect Beni to be on the field the next three games here against right handers.”

The Red Sox manager added, “There’s been, I think a heavy dose of constant change of speeds. He’s been respected because he does show power. So there’s been not the default 2-0 fastball where it’s, here try to get an out. He’s had some damage in those counts and those situations. So I think there’s a clear cut attack plan where it’s a heavy dose of change of speeds. At times, you see him in the middle of that, maybe caught in between on speeds at times. But still, good looking young player with a great swing. And know, when we look back after this full season his numbers will be right in line where we kind of projected them to be.”

This comes as a surprise to me, yes Benintendi has been in a slump, but that is the game of baseball, it is a game of slumps. Benintendi is a young player whose quick swing has shown he has the talent to make it in the majors. What has happened to him is the scouting report has caught up to him and major league pitchers now know how to throw to Andrew effectively.

What happens now is Benintendi has to figure out how to respond to this since it is the first time in his career he has been figured out. This is where Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis and others on the bench can look at film and help the young ballplayer snap out of his slump.

Anyone saying Benintendi is a platoon player is foolish, at this point the worst thing for him is to be in that type of position, he needs at bats to get better. All it takes is one game, grab a hit or two, or even a couple of good at-bats can knock a hitter right out of slump. I have full faith in Benintendi to hit his way out of this prolonged slump.

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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