Boston Red Sox Red Sox Talk: Doug Fister Grateful Of Opportunity With Boston Share Tweet Published 5 months ago on July 5, 2017 By Tanner Rebelo Red Sox Talk: Doug Fister Grateful Of Opportunity With Boston The Boston Red Sox will have Doug Fister start on Wednesday in Texas. The start will mark his third in a Red Sox uniform and he is grateful for the situation he is in. The 33-year-old right-handed starter was a free agent until May 22, when he signed with the Los Angeles Angels and agreed to be optioned to the minors. He then opted out of that deal after three starts with Triple-A Salt Lake City to join the Red Sox via a waiver claim. He is a veteran who has bounced the major leagues, but at the moment, he is just happy to be here. “Two months ago I was sitting at home doing nothing trying to get ready on my own,” Fister said. “To be in the game again and be part of a great clubhouse, I’m so gracious for it. Things can turn on such a quick note. For me, I’m very grateful.” Fister has started two games for the Sox. He went six innings against the Angels on June 25 down just 3-2 and then against the Blue Jays he threw five innings with the same 3-2 score when he left. “He’s made some big pitches with men on base in both starts. That to me is a guy who doesn’t let the game speed up too much,” manager John Farrell said. “He’s not afraid in big spots against key hitters to reverse the count. What I mean by that is to throw pitches in off the plate with a purpose, trying to set up maybe an off-speed pitch to record an out.” Fister has been humbled being part of this year’s Red Sox team and enjoying the high expectations on winning. “I’ll tell you what, being a part of this team has been a humbling experience and a blessing,” he said. “These guys here, as a team, have welcomed me with open arms. I enjoy coming to the ballpark every day. We have a high expectation of winning here and that speaks for itself. I thoroughly enjoy it.” Related Topics:Boston Red Soxfeatured Up Next Pawtucket Red Sox Place Swihart On DL, Activate Castillo Don't Miss Boston Red Sox Prospect Jay Groome Picks Up First Pro-Win Tanner Rebelo 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. Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox Red Sox Name Alex Cora As The New Manager Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up Boston Red Sox Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton Published 6 days ago on November 16, 2017 By Tanner Rebelo 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. My source tells me that while Giancarlo Stanton's preference is the LA Dodgers. His advisers are pushing for the #RedSox. Saying it would be huge for marketing/off field opportunities and it would be big for baseball. Stanton vs Judge in the AL East 19 times a season. pic.twitter.com/tpaPmQoeZE — Joe Kayata (@NBC10_Joe) November 15, 2017 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. Continue Reading Boston Red Sox Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox Published 2 weeks ago on November 7, 2017 By Jackson Kelley 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? Continue Reading Boston Red Sox Like Looking in the Mirror Published 3 weeks ago on November 2, 2017 By Jackson Kelley 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. 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