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Boston Red Sox Roster Opening Day Roster Full Of Surprises

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Boston Red Sox Roster Opening Day Roster Full Of Surprises

Yes the Boston Red Sox roster has been in flux with injuries hitting the team all-around late in Spring Training. But starting the regular season with this many names not ready to play is a concern for a team that is being dubbed the American League favorites is a scary thought.

Just taking a look at the list below makes me feel a little worried about the Red Sox starting off the season, seriously though this team has a some serious questions entering their regular season.

David Price (left elbow strain), Tyler Thornburg (right shoulder impingement), Josh Rutledge (left hamstring strain), Carson Smith (recovering from Tommy John surgery), Drew Pomeranz (forearm strain) and Roenis Elias (right oblique strain) all won’t be on the 25-man active roster for Opening Day.

This injuries are setting the table for a very peculiar Opening Day roster for  John Farrell’s club to start the season. Both outfielder Steve Selsky and relief pitcher Ben Taylor will be active when the Red Sox take on the Pirates at Fenway Park Monday afternoon.

Selsky, who is on the 40-man roster, impressed throughout spring training, ending up his Grapefruit League stint hitting .356 with 1.120 OPS. The 27-year-old, who can also play first base and a little third, has major league experience, playing in 24 games for the Reds last season. Selsky made the team over infielder Marco Hernandez in large part because he hits from the right side, which was a skill-set the Red Sox were going to rely on Rutledge to bring to the table. With Mitch Moreland dealing with the flu and Hanley Ramirez unable to play first base due to a lingering shoulder injury the move to Selsky isn’t shocking.

Many Boston Red Sox fans are calling for Sam Travis, but Farrell has said that Travis doesn’t fit the roster and the fact of not being on the 40 is a big factor in the decision for Travis not being given the opportunity to be on the Opening Day roster.

“He’s not on the roster and we’re at 40 right now,” Farrell said. “You’ve got to look at all kinds of potential here. But Sam Travis doesn’t fit the positions that [Josh] Rutledge does. Yeah it’s first base, but you also have to fit the roster as well.”

The hard-throwing Taylor, who hasn’t pitched above Double-A will likely just have a week to show off to Farrell, with the Red Sox carrying an extra reliever in the days leading up to what is expected to be a Drew  Pomeranz Sunday with the lefty being on the 10-day-DL at the moment but could in theory start according to the team. For Taylor though he has a shot a continuing to show off as he struck out 42 and walked just 12 in 34 innings with Double-A Portland last season.

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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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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