|07.14.16 at 11:33 pm ET|
There are still just over two weeks until the MLB trade deadline, but it would appear the Red Sox are done with making major moves.
Led by Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox have made four trades in a week.
First they acquired infielder Aaron Hill from the Brewers, then infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez from the Indians and then a day later reliever Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks. Finally, on Thursday the team acquired their biggest piece of all — All-Star pitcher Drew Pomerantz.
With the team addressing offense, the bullpen and now starting pitching, Dombrowski talked like someone who is done making major trades.
“Well, I think, again, you can always get better. There are no perfect clubs out there, but we’ve really been able to address our major needs at this point,” Dombrowski said on a conference call Thursday night. “We have four guys and we’re hopeful Eduardo [Rodriguez] will step up at this point when he pitches on Saturday. And we’ll see what else happens beyond that. Our bullpen, I know we’ve had a couple of injuries, we think Taz’s situation is very short term. Craig Kimbrel, we’re talking a few weeks. With the addition of Ziegler, we don’t lose anybody else.
“I think our starting lineup, our everyday players, is pretty well set. We should be getting guys like Blake Swihart and Chris Young back in the next few weeks so overall I think we’ve addressed our main needs but that’s not to say we won’t be listening and paying attention to what’s going on. You just never can tell.”
|07.14.16 at 11:16 pm ET|
Although the MLB trade deadline isn’t until July 31, don’t tell that to Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
Dombrowski has made four trades in a weeks span with the latest addressing his team’s biggest need — starting pitching.
The Red Sox acquired left-hander Drew Pomeranz from the Padres Thursday in exchange for top pitching prospect Anderson Espinonza in a 1-for-1 trade.
Pomeranz is under team control for two more years, as the 27-year-old isn’t set to become a free agent until 2019.
“He’s a good pitcher,” Dombrowski said on a conference call Thursday night. “He’s grown over the last few years. He’s a very good pitcher, as shown by him pitching in the All-Star Game. Has three quality pitches, really changed the mix of his pitches. He has a premium above-average breaking ball, he has a fastball that he knows how to use, he gets it up to 94, but he changes speed on. He’s added a cutter.
“People kind of forget, when you follow this guy’s career, this guy was a premium guy coming out of college. He was the fifth pick in the country back then. We absolutely loved him. We were sad he went to a club in our own division at the time. He then got traded in a big trade when Cleveland ended up acquiring Jiminez. He struggled a little bit. Sometimes it takes time for guys to find themselves. He found himself in the bullpen with Oakland. He actually, if you look at his numbers the last couple of years, he pitched well. This year he just took it to another level. We like his ability, we like his age, he’s 27 years of age, coming into the prime years of his life.
“We also liked the idea to give up a quality young pitching prospect for him, but we also do retain being in the organization a couple of years before he’s a free agent beyond this year. Even though we now have three left-handers in our rotation, I don’t know that you ever have enough left-handers. That’s a plus. We really liked a lot of things about him.”
|07.14.16 at 8:56 pm ET|
The Red Sox waited until a day before the deadline, but eventually they got it done.
With the signing of fourth-round pick Bobby Dalbec Thursday night, the Red Sox agreed to deals with all 10 of their first 10 draft picks, all pending physicals. Dalbec’s deal was for $650,000, per source. The slot value for that pick was $501,300.
Before Dalbec was their first-round pick Jason Groome, who agreed to $3.65 million, which is well-above the $3,192,800 slot value for the pick, but below what many expected him to sign for as he was said to seek around $4 million.
Earlier in the day the team agreed to terms with fifth-round pick, Mike Shawaryn. He agreed to a deal for $637,500, which was well over the slotted value of $375,000 for the pick.
This marks the fifth straight year the Red Sox have signed all 10 of their top 10 round picks.
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|07.14.16 at 7:44 pm ET|
The Red Sox and Jason Groome have reached a deal.
The two sides came to an agreement Thursday night for a bonus of $3.65 million pending a physical, according to a source. This is above the slotted value of $3,192,800 million for the No. 12 overall pick.
Jon Heyman via Twitter was first to report the news.
Groome was rumored to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft at one point, but slid all the way day to No. 12 once draft night came.
As a senior with Barnegat High School in New Jersey, this past spring he posted a 0.77 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings. On April 11 against Central Regional High School, Groome recorded 19 strikeouts in the first no-hitter in school history, facing the minimum number of batters over seven innings.
In his sophomore year at Barnegat High School in New Jersey, Groome led the school to its first 20-win season by going 6-2 with a 0.57 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings. He then transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, for his junior season and he went 5-0 with a 0.98 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 43 innings, but that was his only year there as he transferred back home after his junior year.
There were rumors of makeup and character issues, but the Red Sox heavily scouted Groome, so any major issues were likely not detected by them.
The Red Sox now have fourth-round pick Bobby Dalbec left to sign out of the first 10 rounds by tomorrows deadline. There’s also a chance they can land 11th-round pick Nick Quintana to a deal as well. he’s committed to the University of Arizona.
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|07.14.16 at 7:16 pm ET|
Junichi Tazawa needs to go on the disabled list after all.
On Thursday the Red Sox placed the reliever on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement retroactive to July 4. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher William Cuevas was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Tazawa was unavailable for much of the last homestand. The right-hander has made 35 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season, going 1-1 with a 3.62 ERA and 37 strikeouts against only eight walks. Opponents have batted .215 against him.
“No, our doctors tell me the impingement is settling down,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said on a conference call. “He actually threw up to 120 feet today. The way we looked at it at this point was, could we have pushed him maybe to be ready even on Sunday? Perhaps. But we already had 10 days to backdate him, so we don’t want to push it at all. We have still a long way to go ahead of us. The doctors felt very encouraged and trainers very encouraged, as did Taz, by his progress at this point. But we figured, rather than rush him back, he misses Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we’re hopeful he’s going to be back and think he’ll be back by the homestand, and he’s really eligible to come off on Tuesday for our home game. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but there is a possibility he’ll be ready to go there. We feel very comfortable, and again, we didn’t want to rush and felt this was the best thing to do.”
Cuevas has made three relief appearances for the Red Sox over a pair of major league stints this season. He’s allowed two runs in five innings pitched. With Tazawa’s DL stint retroactive to July 4, they may have Cuevas be a long relief man if Tazawa can return after 15 days.
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|07.14.16 at 6:15 pm ET|
Dave Dombrowski is at it again.
A source with knowledge of the deal tells colleague John Tomase that the Red Sox will acquire starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz from the Padres in exchange for minor league right-hander Anderson Espinoza.
The San Diego Union-Tribune was first to report Pomeranz being traded to Boston. The Boston Herald was first to report Espinoza as part of the trade.
The deal cannot become official until medical records are passed.
Pomeranz is 27 years old with a 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA this year. He also has only pitched on the West Coast as he’s been on the Rockies, A’s and now Padres. He is having his best season and was named to the National League All-Star team.
The left-hander had an idea a trade was coming.
“You definitely see stuff, you hear stuff, you read it,” he said to reporters, including CSNNE at the All-Star Game. “I love to win. I like it here (in San Diego); I’d like to win here. I’m just trying to get better and try to repeat what I did in the first half in the second half.”
Espinoza was one of the Red Sox’ top pitching prospects. At 18 years old, he’s still coming into his own as he is 5-8 with a 4.38 ERA in his first professional season with Single-A Greenville. He was drawing comparisons to Pedro Martinez last season.
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|07.14.16 at 2:32 pm ET|
David Ortiz made it clear he wants the Red Sox to go after Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion after the season, but maybe he shouldn’t have made it so public.
“The Red Sox know that they need to reinforce the middle of the lineup,” Ortiz said after Tuesday’s All-Star Game. “And sorry Blue Jays, but who better than Encarnacion to do that?”
But, according to Sportsnet in Canada, Major League Baseball is expected to look into the comments for possibly being tampering.
The story also noted, according to the MLB’s rules and regulations “there shall be no negotiations or dealings respecting employment, either present or prospective, between any player, coach or manager…unless the Club or baseball employer with which the person is connected shall have, in writing, expressly authorized such negotiations or dealings prior to their commencement.”
Major League Baseball is expected to look into David Ortiz’s comments re. Edwin Encarnacion. Players subject to tampering rules as r execs.
— Jeff Blair (@SNJeffBlair) July 14, 2016
|07.14.16 at 1:05 pm ET|
1. Everyone knows Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech throws a hard fastball, but no one knew it was this hard.
Radar guns at Salem Memorial Stadium Wednesday night recorded the right-hander throwing a pitch 105 mph — yes, 1-0-5.
Manager Joe Oliver confirmed the reading to Baseball America and Kopech told WEEI.com via text Thursday, it was the highest reading he’s ever recorded. He added he topped out at 103 mph in his first outing in Salem last week.
Kopech credited getting out of the heavy Florida weather and working with pitching coaches Lance Carter (Lowell) and Paul Abbott (Salem) to tweak minor things with his delivery for the recent uptick with his fastball. In the past he’s been in the high-90s, hitting 100 mph on occasion.
Wednesday, Kopech went five shutout innings, while scattering four hits, walking one and tying a career-high with eight strikeouts. In three minor league outings this year (one with Lowell) he has thrown 13 1/3 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts.
He is working his way back from missing 50 games at the end of last season with Single-A Greenville after being suspended for using a performance-enhancing drug and then he missed all of spring training this year after breaking his hand in an altercation with a teammate.
Although it’s just three starts, Kopech is likely putting himself in the same category as Anderson Espinoza as it would be extremely difficult to see him traded at the trade deadline.
2. Cody Decker was signed by the Red Sox to a minor league deal on June 17. He reported to Double-A Portland where he currently still is. Decker, 29, has played eight years of minor league baseball and finally got eight games in the big leagues last year with the Padres.
That small taste of the majors is what is driving him each and every day he spends on the field.
|07.14.16 at 9:56 am ET|
President/CEO emeritus of the Red Sox Larry Lucchino joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to discuss all things Red Sox, specifically players at Triple-A Pawtucket as that is where he’s spent the majority of his time this season. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
With the trade deadline fast approaching, Lucchino said the organization wouldn’t classify anyone was “untouchable,” more so just players who are unlikely to be traded.
These players likely include their young core at the big league level and then top prospects Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi.
“Dave Dombrowski has taken the position that no one is untouchable, that it’s just a matter of people for whom it would be very unlikely that a trade would be had, but no one is untouchable,” Lucchino said. “You got most of them, there are probably a couple more. Anderson Espinoza, one of our terrific pitchers in the minor leagues, may fit that list as well. I think you should take Dave at his word that no one is untouchable.”
When pressed about no players being untouchable, Lucchino pointed to Jose Fernandez and if the Marlins made him available, the Red Sox might consider making some big-name players available.
Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Red Sox Friday night in New York after working some things out in Pawtucket the past few weeks. Lucchino is hopeful he can contribute this season at the major league level and he pointed to what he was able to do last year.
“He’s certainly been improved,” Lucchino said. “Discombobulated is the wrong word to use. I actually sat next to him in the stands after he came down where he was sitting in club seats charting pitches because he was scheduled to pitch the next day. He was calm, positive, upbeat. He’s another guy, it’s much, much to soon to reach a final conclusion about him. I think he’s got a great future. I think his time with Bob Kipper, our pitching coach down in Pawtucket, will prove to be very constructive for him. Just can’t go back to the last piece of data that you have. You have to go with a larger record. He was a bona fide, solid, major league pitcher last year. Won 10 games at a very tender age I might add. I am hopeful he will make a contribution in the second half.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.
|07.14.16 at 9:20 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the minors on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (47-44): No game scheduled.
With their All-Star Break now concluded, the PawSox will get going against the Charlotte Knights (White Sox) in a four-game set beginning Thursday.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (32-57): No game scheduled.
Following their All-Star break, the Sea Dogs are set to begin the back half of their season Thursday against New Hampshire (Blue Jays).
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (52-36): L, 6-5, vs. Wilmington (Royals).
— The Red Sox generated quite the rally in the ninth inning, but fell just a little bit short. Down 6-1 entering the final frame, a culmination of singles, doubles and walks led to Salem bringing themselves within one run with only one out. Rafael Devers and Nick Longhi were unable to cash in, striking out and flying out respectively with the tying runs on base.
— The first five innings were a pitchers duel with Salem starter Michael Kopech leading the way for Salem. Boston’s No. 5 prospect on MLB.com went five innings, allowing no runs on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts — tying a career high. In two starts with Salem, the 20-year-old righty hasn’t allowed a run and has a 1.00 WHIP. Opposing batters are hitting just .167 against him.
— Danny Mars and Jordan Procyshen each had multi-hit games, going 2-for-3 and 2-for-4 respectively.
— On the other hand, the Red Sox had 10 strikeouts as a team, with four players going down on strikes at least twice.
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