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David Price Labors, Leaves Ballpark Early Without Speaking To Media, In Rehab Outing With AAA Pawtucket

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David Price Labors, Leaves Ballpark Early Without Speaking To Media, In Rehab Outing With AAA Pawtucket

David Price had his second rehab appearance for the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight in their game against the Cincinnati Reds AAA affiliate, the Louisville Bats. He went 3.2 innings, giving up 7 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 K’s (1 looking) and 1 wild pitch on 89 pitches (61 strikes). Price had his velocity tonight with his fastball sitting between 93-96 mph.

Yes he did have the velocity tonight but he was laboring throughout his outing. He threw 28 pitches in each of the first 2 innings. In the 1st inning, Price was very fastball and cutter friendly. He gave up 4 runs, but only 2 were earned due to an error by 1st basemen Matt Dominguez. In the 2nd inning, Price focused on his changeup and curveball, giving up 2 runs (1 earned run) in the process.

Overall, Price labored in his 2nd rehab outing. He had a Drew Pomeranz like outing with it taking 89 pitches to go 3.2 innings. But he was getting a lot of swing and a misses on his changeup and didn’t have a lot of hard contact. There was only one hard hit ball which was a 1st inning leadoff ground rule double hit by Phil Ervin.

There was a lot of soft contact for base hits off of Price. It is difficult to image that Price could make a major league start next week in Chicago for the Boston Red Sox, considering that he had trouble getting though the 3.2 innings against AAA hitters.

Price struggled with his command all night, especially with his fastball. That tells me that Price will need Tommy John. He needs to lose fastball velocity to gain control. That’s what Price was doing during the 2016 season.

Following Price’s outing, he wrapped up his arm and was told to go to the weight room outside of the Paw Sox clubhouse by the Paw Sox PR staff to talk to the media. He said “I’m going this way” and went out the door. No members of the media were able to ask him any questions.

Following the game, Manager Kevin Boles said this about the David Price outing:

“Price said that he felt good after his outing. Obviously he burned through his pitch count. The command is not what he was looking for, I think if you asked him that. But overall, he said he felt good. I thought the stuff was actually pretty good, it was just the command and the location which is to be expected when he is coming off injury.”

When comparing Price’s outing to his last rehab start in Buffalo, manager Boles said:

“Same type of deal. We saw some pitches that were elevated. He wasn’t able to finish and kill counts. I thought he worked ahead in the count a few times but he wasn’t able to finish hitters off and they were able to extend AB a little bit and run up that pitch count, but the way the ball is coming out of the hand looks pretty good, but I think that the command needs to get a little bit better and it will get there. Boston is going to make those final decisions as far as where he’s at. If you talk to David, he’s pretty upbeat as far as far as how he’s feeling physically, and that’s what we are taking from this.”

Manager Kevin Boles was positive about Price’s outing because he has been able to get off the mound feeling good about himself. With Price leaving the game early without talking to the media, it’s difficult to tell if Price feels the same way, but the organization is very positive with how Price is coming along in his rehab outing.

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 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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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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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

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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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