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Red Sox 2nd Basemen Dustin Pedroia Headed To The DL With Left Wrist Injury

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Red Sox 2nd Basemen Dustin Pedroia Headed To The DL With Left Wrist Injury

In the 1st inning on Monday afternoons game, Dustin Pedroia hit a ground ball to White Sox 1st basemen José Abreu. Abreu decided to play the ball himself and dove for 1st base to get the out. Unfortunately, Pedroia tripped over Abreu and landed on his left wrist. After playing an inning in the field, Pedroia was replaced by Josh Rutledge in the field. Pedroia received an X-ray in Chicago on Monday, but it came back negative.

This morning, Dustin Pedroia had an MRI in Boston. The results of that MRI showed “no structural damage, ligament or otherwise” according to manager John Farrell. The left wrist is the wrist that Pedroia has had injury concerns with in the past. The Red Sox have put Dustin Pedroia on the 10 day DL and have activated Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval is meeting the team in Chicago. Pedroia has also flown back to Chicago and was seen with a cast on his left wrist. The hope from the Red Sox is that Dustin Pedroia is activated off the DL after the 10 days are up.

“Could have been a lot worse. I’m definitely relieved it’s not broken or anything like that” said Pedroia regarding his injury.

Lineup With Pedroia On DL

With Pedroia going to the DL, you have to assume that Sandoval play his normal position of 3rd base, and Deven Marrero will move over to 2nd base. But for a team that struggles at the plate, Josh Rutledge will be the more logical choice to play at 2nd base. Yes, Marrero has hit slightly better since May 21st in Oakland, a .231 avg, but his defense is something that you can’t overlook. 

At 3rd base all season, the Red Sox have struggled defensively, so it might be worth it to have defense over offense. At 3rd base, you could have Marrero and Rutledge play at second in the the short term. If you were to do this, you will have the defense of Marrero at 3rd, and the offense of Rutledge at 2nd. Rutledge is batting .292 on the season.

Sandoval hasn’t shown that he can hit well nor play defense well on a consistent basis. Having Marrero play 3rd base over Sandoval might not be the worst decision. You will have an upgrade at defense. If you were to have Sandoval play, you might move Marrero play 2nd base to get the defense in there. But having both Marrero and Rutledge playing, you get both.

According to John Farrell, Josh Rutledge was the first option at 2nd base with the Dustin Pedroia injury. So going forward, you will see Rutledge at 2nd base with Sandoval at 3rd. However, in later innings, you might see Sandoval taken out of the game for better defense in Devin Marrero.

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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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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