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Boston Red Sox Third Base Issues Continues To Kill Team

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Boston Red Sox Third Base Issues Continues To Kill Team

The Boston Red Sox once again showed why their third base position has been an absolute mess. They suffered a  5-4 loss to the Rays on Friday night with their third base position disappointing once again. With Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list and Brock Holt still fighting vertigo, the Red Sox turned to Josh Rutledge at third base.

Rutledge mad a  throwing error that led to two unearned runs in the fourth and was late on other throws as well. He then grounded out with the tying run on third to end the eighth.

“Tough position to play,” Rutledge said. “That’s it. I mean, it’s not like we’re not trying.”

The Red Sox entered Spring Training with no real competition for Sandoval at third base and at this point blaming Rutledge is unfair given the fact that he should be a primary bench player that maybe plays in 2-3 games a week giving rest to starters.

The bench is bottom of the barrel for the majors, in fact their bench resembles a minor league team for the most part.  Rutledge has been thrust into the starting third base starting role, the other options at third are Chase D’Arnaud and Deven Marrero who happen to be big offensive liabilities.

The Red Sox made the decision to trade Travis Shaw for Tyler Thornburg this past offseason, and that trade continues to bite them in the ass.

Rutledge’s error was their league-leading 13th at the position.  Sandoval only started taking grounders on Friday and his timetable is nowhere near a return at the moment. Holt on the other hand is rehabbing in Triple-A Pawtucket but with vertigo you can never truly solidify a return date.

“It’s been a tough position for us, make no mistake about it,” manager John Farrell said of third. “I think we’ve had five different players there. We’ve made far too many errors there as a group. Tonight I thought there were some long transfers on Rut’s part that led to some tardy throws, a throw that falls short to Mitch [Moreland] at first base, so we’ve tried a number of people. Opportunity is there, opportunity is there for someone to step up and grab the job. So while we’re in position where we come into the season thinking we might be in a platoon situation, we haven’t had the combination there all year to try to take advantage of the splits offensively, but defensively, that’s got to improve.”

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The Red Sox had another option at third in Marco Hernandez, who had been hitting .286 with a .661 OPS. But after leaving a May 3rd game with a left shoulder injury there is no a real chance that he undergoes season ending surgery.

“He’s still feeling some symptoms here. It’s likely this may have to require some additional work to rectify and that would mean some procedure,” Farrell said of Hernandez, whose injury doesn’t involve the rotator cuff. “He’s going to get re-examined. There’s likely another MRI scheduled here in the coming days to comparer against the one done previous, but he has a history of this. Nothing to the extent it was the other day against Baltimore. Things are moving in that direction. Without anything scheduled or defined, that’s kind of the way things are looking right now.”

With Boston having the worst OPS of every team in baseball with .587 OPS at the third base position, Hernandez going down was the last thing they needed. While at best he is a utility player, he was showing production at a position where the Red Sox have struggled.

For now Rutledge will continue to be the primary guy at third until a determination is made on Holt, and a return of Pablo Sandoval. But even with a Holt return he isn’t anything more than the occasional utility player, more permanent than Rutledge but he had a down year last season with a .255 avg and so far this season in 15 at-bats posted a .133/.316/.133 slash line. Even if Holt is able to return early next week you still have the issue of vertigo returning so the team will have to take it easy on the veteran utility player.

Sandoval on the other hand is farther from a return and when healthy this season in 61-at-bats had an abysmal slash line of .213/.269/.377 and hasn’t had a productive season since 2014 season.

Options for Dave Dombrowki at third are running out as his decision to trade Shaw looks worse and worse every day.

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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