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John Farrell Stands By Andrew Benintendi And Says He Is Not A “Platoon Player”

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Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell Stands By Rookie Outfielder Andrew Benintendi And Says He Is Not A “Platoon Player”

In a storyline that is surprising to many, including me, Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell came out and took a stand in support of rookie Andrew Benintendi after claims of him being a platoon player.

Before getting into why this is surprising, let me explain what has happened to the young left fielder.

Andrew Benintendi has seen his playing time decrease with his struggles, with Red Sox manager John Farrell often times sending out Chris Young against left-handed starters.

“I think when we go through a stretch where there’s maybe two, three games where guys get — you take advantage your a roster, all of a sudden it becomes a platoon. He’s not a platoon player,” Farrell said before the series opener against the O’s. “But you pick spots where guys can maybe spark an offense with Chris Young being inserted. I don’t see him as a platoon player.”

Heading into May 10, Andrew Benintendi possessed a .916 OPS. Since that time, however, the lefty hitter has gone 8-for-64 (.125) with just one extra-base hit.

Despite what his stats are saying right now, Farrell believes his young player will be able to turn it around at the plate.

“I think he’s been good. We’ve asked a lot of him too,” Farrell said. “Particularly as we’ve gone through a realignment in the lineup. Slid him down to the four hole which he handled well. Like a lot of players there’s going to be some ebbs and flows to the season. He’s in a little bit of one right now. Chris Young has swung the bat well against Wade Miley so a little bit of a matchup in play here. But we fully expect Beni to be on the field the next three games here against right handers.”

The Red Sox manager added, “There’s been, I think a heavy dose of constant change of speeds. He’s been respected because he does show power. So there’s been not the default 2-0 fastball where it’s, here try to get an out. He’s had some damage in those counts and those situations. So I think there’s a clear cut attack plan where it’s a heavy dose of change of speeds. At times, you see him in the middle of that, maybe caught in between on speeds at times. But still, good looking young player with a great swing. And know, when we look back after this full season his numbers will be right in line where we kind of projected them to be.”

This comes as a surprise to me, yes Benintendi has been in a slump, but that is the game of baseball, it is a game of slumps. Benintendi is a young player whose quick swing has shown he has the talent to make it in the majors. What has happened to him is the scouting report has caught up to him and major league pitchers now know how to throw to Andrew effectively.

What happens now is Benintendi has to figure out how to respond to this since it is the first time in his career he has been figured out. This is where Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis and others on the bench can look at film and help the young ballplayer snap out of his slump.

Anyone saying Benintendi is a platoon player is foolish, at this point the worst thing for him is to be in that type of position, he needs at bats to get better. All it takes is one game, grab a hit or two, or even a couple of good at-bats can knock a hitter right out of slump. I have full faith in Benintendi to hit his way out of this prolonged slump.

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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