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Five Questions With Barstool Baseball Writer And CSNNE Personality Jared Carrabis

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Five Questions With Barstool Baseball Writer And CSNNE Personality Jared Carrabis

Trifecta Sports Network has launched a new series on the site where we ask members of the media, athletes, and other sports influencers five questions relating to their field. In this edition of Five Questions we asked Barstool Sports Baseball Writer and CSNNE personality Jared Carrabis five questions revolving around the Boston Red Sox.

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1) What has been your favorite Boston Red Sox moment since you have been covering/watching the games?
Definitely the 2013 World Series. I wasn’t covering the Red Sox in 2004 yet, so that would’ve trumped all, but the 2013 World Series was a really moving experience for the city of Boston, and I don’t think I could ever top the blog that I wrote after they won it that year.

Editors Note: Jared wrote for his award winning baseball blog SoxSpace during the 2013 World Series. The post he mentions above is no longer online due to the site no longer being active with Jared going to Barstool Sports, but you can listen below to his appearance on NECN after the 2013 World Series.

2) With Pedro Martinez continuing to state that David Ortiz will return to the team if they need him, is that something you can envision happening?

Nah, I don’t think so. I’ve heard that he’s just doing that to mess with people. As much as I’d love for it to happen, I think he’s had enough.

3) What would you say to an aspiring baseball writer looking to cover their favorite sports team?

Don’t listen to the people who say that you can’t be a fan and cover the team at the same time. You passion is your greatest asset. Use it to your advantage.

4) Do you think fans and the media have been too hard on Red Sox pitcher David Price?

Definitely. He had a disappointing year, for sure, but the media and fans were crushing this guy like a down year in a player’s first year in Boston is some sort of unheard of event. It happens all the time. He also dealt with some personal things in his life that fans don’t put any stock into because they think these players are robots without human emotion. He’ll be fine.

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BOSTON – OCTOBER 17: David Ortiz #34 celebrates after hitting the game winning two-run home run against the New York Yankees in the twelfth inning during game four of the American League Championship Series on October 17, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

5) If you could make an all-time Red Sox lineup who would be in it?

Varitek C (Jason Varitek)
Foxx 1B (Jimmie Foxx)
Pedroia 2B (Dustin Pedroia)
Boggs 3B (Wade Boggs)
Ted LF (Ted Williams)
Lynn CF (Fred Lynn)
Mookie RF (Mookie Betts)
Ortiz DH (David Ortiz)
Pedro P (Pedro Martinez)

Thank you to Jared once again for agreeing to answer a couple of questions for our Five Questions series. This will be a reoccurring segment with a lot of great interviews and insight coming 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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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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