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Rafael Devers Spoke About His Promotion To AAA Pawtucket

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Rafael Devers Spoke About His Promotion To AAA Pawtucket Before Tonights Game Against Toledo

Rafael Devers has quickly risen through the Red Sox system. Last Friday, the Red Sox promoted him from AA Portland to AAA Pawtucket.

In 2 games over the weekend, he was 4 for 8 at the plate with 1 home run and 2 RBI’s. Tonight, Devers is batting 6th and making his debut at McCoy Stadium against the Toledo Mudhens.

Devers spoke to the media before the game through translator Will Flemming. Flemming is the radio play by play announcer for the Paw Sox.

Devers Comments

Devers said that he was notified that he was being promoted to AAA Pawtucket on Friday from Carlos Febles. Febles is the manager for AA Portland. During that conversation Carlos “brought [me] into the office and told [me] that [I] was going to Pawtucket. [I] called [my] father right away and [we] were very emotional and happy.”

When asked about the biggest difference between AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket, Devers said that “the main difference is that the first day [I] gets 4 hits and [saw] a lot of fastballs. The next day, there are breaking balls left and right. You have to make that adjustment.”

With the hole at 3rd base in Boston, it does motivate Devers “but it’s out of [my] control. The fact that there is an opportunity there does inspire and motivate [me] to work harder every day.”

With Devers making his Debut tonight at McCoy Stadium, it will be interesting if he can hit those breaking balls. In his second game with the Paw Sox he did see a lot of breaking pitches. If he can hit those, it might help him go up in the organization quicker then most think.

Many say his fielding is what he is struggling with. Before the game. He was fielding ground balls at 3rd base. If his glove gets better sooner, rather then later, you could see him in Boston soon.

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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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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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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