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Rafael Devers Spoke About His Promotion To AAA Pawtucket

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Rafael Devers Spoke About His Promotion To AAA Pawtucket Before Tonights Game Against Toledo

Rafael Devers has quickly risen through the Red Sox system. Last Friday, the Red Sox promoted him from AA Portland to AAA Pawtucket.

In 2 games over the weekend, he was 4 for 8 at the plate with 1 home run and 2 RBI’s. Tonight, Devers is batting 6th and making his debut at McCoy Stadium against the Toledo Mudhens.

Devers spoke to the media before the game through translator Will Flemming. Flemming is the radio play by play announcer for the Paw Sox.

Devers Comments

Devers said that he was notified that he was being promoted to AAA Pawtucket on Friday from Carlos Febles. Febles is the manager for AA Portland. During that conversation Carlos “brought [me] into the office and told [me] that [I] was going to Pawtucket. [I] called [my] father right away and [we] were very emotional and happy.”

When asked about the biggest difference between AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket, Devers said that “the main difference is that the first day [I] gets 4 hits and [saw] a lot of fastballs. The next day, there are breaking balls left and right. You have to make that adjustment.”

With the hole at 3rd base in Boston, it does motivate Devers “but it’s out of [my] control. The fact that there is an opportunity there does inspire and motivate [me] to work harder every day.”

With Devers making his Debut tonight at McCoy Stadium, it will be interesting if he can hit those breaking balls. In his second game with the Paw Sox he did see a lot of breaking pitches. If he can hit those, it might help him go up in the organization quicker then most think.

Many say his fielding is what he is struggling with. Before the game. He was fielding ground balls at 3rd base. If his glove gets better sooner, rather then later, you could see him in Boston soon.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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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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