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Pawtucket Red Sox New Ballpark’s Best Outcome Could Be At Apex Site

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Pawtucket Red Sox New Ballpark’s Best Outcome Could Be At Apex Site

The Pawtucket Red Sox have been looking for a new home for their team for several years, options have been all over the map with the teams ownership and Rhode Island officials trying to find a site that would work for everyone involved.

There is one site that is starting to make more sense though with a recent survey stating the Apex site as a location that could bring in $34 million more in state and city taxes than the other site the study looked at.

“The numbers pretty starkly point to the Apex site being superior to Tidewater,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien.

Both properties are just off Interstate 95 along the Seekonk River, but Apex, named for the site’s ziggurat-shaped former department store building, is a short walk from downtown. Tidewater is in a wooded area on the other side of the highway.

The minor league baseball team and the city jointly hired a national firm for the study comparing the impact of developing the two sites.

The Brailsford & Dunlavey firm found Apex would generate $129.8 million in taxes, while Tidewater would generate $95.8 million. However at an estimated $146.7 million, development for the Apex site would cost nearly twice as much as Tidewater.

The team said in a statement Wednesday it agrees that the Apex site could provide an economic boost for Pawtucket and would have the “potential for much spillover development.”

Team and state officials did not say how much taxpayers could be asked to pay for the development. Owners of the team, previously sought to build a stadium in Providence. A proposal seeking about $120 million from taxpayers was met by public opposition.

Grebien said he still considers McCoy stadium, the baseball team’s current home, an option. An earlier study found the ballpark needs $68 million in renovations. The cost of leveling McCoy for a new stadium would be about $78 million.

The most recent study did not compare which benefits from the sites would be generated above what’s being generated at McCoy. Team owners say they plan to stay at McCoy until their lease ends in 2021.

The Paw Sox have been at McCoy since the 1973 season, and the Boston Red Sox have had a team at the park since the AA-Red Sox of the Eastern League in 1970. McCoy was erected in 1942 and was last renovated in 1999 and currently seats just over 10,000 fans.

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 Trade Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

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Red Sox Trade OF Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Red Sox have announced that they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This creates a spot for newly signed JD Martinez on the 40 man roster, and ultimately the opening day 25 man roster.


Last season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bryce Brentz hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Those 31 home runs was the most out of any player in the Red Sox organization. However his fielding was okay at best.

This season, Bryce Brentz was on track to be the number 4 outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. But with the acquisition of JD Martinez, this would force Bryce Brentz off the opening day roster. Since Bryce Brentz no longer has anymore options, this trade makes sure that the Red Sox get something out of getting rid of him. Otherwise the Red Sox would have just designated him for assignment.

Bryce Brentz Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from last season for Bryce Brentz.



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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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