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Red Sox Prospect Michael Chavis Has Been On Fire In Salem

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Boston Red Sox Third Base Prospect Michael Chavis Has Been On Fire In Salem

The Boston Red Sox prospect pool might be shrinking over the last couple of years, but there are still some golden nuggets littered throughout the organization including one playing in Salem right now.

Michael Chavis is a 21-years-old right-handed hitting third basemen who is playing in High-A Salem for the Boston Red Sox. Chavis was drafted in 2014 in the first round with the 26th overall pick straight out of High School and has been playing in the Red Sox minor leagues ever since. Chavis is now in his fourth season in the Boston Red Sox organization and is coming into his own offensively and giving the Red Sox something to think about in the near future.

Chavis has something of a Triple-Crown season going on in High-A ball and leads the league in batting average (.345), home runs (17), and RBIs (55). His slash line is also impressive with .345/.414/.694. The difference between this season and the last couple of years? Chavis is striking out less 20.3% compared to 25.9% in the previous season and his walk rate continues to tick upwards season over season with Chavis having a 7.8% walking percentage.

Chavis has had one big weakness this year, and that is his fielding. In 23 games at third-base this season Chavis has committed 9 errors, one short of his 10 errors in 2016 which came in 68 games for Salem. Chavis came into the organization as a shortstop which was his natural position in High School, shortly after joining though Boston transitioned him over to third but scouts theorize that eventually you could see Chavis transition to second base or the outfield.

At the plate Chavis swing can be described as being short and compact with a wide slightly open stance and as he comes around he has excellent bat speed and has the ability to track the ball well. Chavis does have the ability to get long with his swing, but in the past that has opened up a hole on the inner half of the plate. When it comes to power scouts project Chavis to be more of an above-average type of power player which he has developed from gap power that he had when he entered the organization.

Chavis’s last projected ETA to Boston is sometime in the 2019 season with Rafael Devers currently ahead of him in the organization in terms of third base prospect depth. With Devers likely getting called up to AAA-Pawtucket soon, you could see the streaking Chavis get his chance at AA-Portland in the near future.

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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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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