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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 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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