|07.30.15 at 9:11 pm ET|
With the non-waiver trade deadline coming to a close Friday at 4 p.m., more and more players will be traded on top of the ones who already have this week.
More often than not, most deals involve minor league prospects being exchanged for big league players, as one team is looking to win now and the other building for the future.
This can be a concerning time for these minor leaguers, as for some they are just getting used to playing professionally and they have only known one organization.
A lot of questions can be going through their heads. Am I not good enough? Why didn’t they want me? What does my new organization think of me? Will I ever make the majors?
All those are all legitimate questions, but ultimately it’s all about realizing baseball is a business and teams want to get better in anyway possible.
“I didn’t really realize until I was in the big leagues for a few years,” Hanley Ramirez said, who was traded as a 21-year-old in 2005 to the Marlins by the Red Sox in the deal that landed Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. “That’s when you realize teams are just looking to win — anyway you can do it. If you have to trade a good player, sometimes you don’t want to trade that piece, but there’s a back and forth.”
Ramirez acknowledged at first he didn’t like the fact that he was traded, but once he realized he was going to play in the majors, he was all for it. The current Red Sox left fielder said at that point in his career all he was worried about was just getting a chance at playing full-time in the majors.
“You’re just looking to play in the big leagues,” Ramirez said. “At first, I was a little bit upset because coming in watching the Red Sox in the Dominican, but after that I was fine because it was my opportunity to play in the big leagues.”
Ultimately, it comes down to baseball being like any other organization in the world — a business.
“This is business. You want to win. At the same time you’re an employee and you have to deal with it,” Ramirez said.
Rodriguez, who was in Double-A at the time, said he realized at the time of the trade what the Orioles organization wanted — help at the major league level as they were looking to make a playoff run. What he didn’t get was why they picked him.
“I didn’t know how they are thinking,” Rodriguez said. “I just knew they needed a better player in the big leagues last year. That was why I think they traded me.”
|07.30.15 at 7:25 pm ET|
Due to rain sweeping through the Boston area, Thursday’s game will now start at 8 p.m.
Steven Wright will be opposed by Chris Sale once the game gets going.
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|07.30.15 at 5:32 pm ET|
Following third baseman Pablo Sandoval leaving Wednesday’s game due to dehydration, manager John Farrell revealed Sandoval’s conditioning “continues to be addressed.”
Along the same lines, some scouts have said Sandoval has put on some weight this season, which has affected his defense at third base. He is listed at 5-foot-11, 255 pounds.
Sandoval was asked point-blank if he’s gained weight from after last season.
“No. I’m still the weight that I was last year the weight that I finished my season,” he said. “So I don’t get complaints about it. I have to keep working hard, yes I do, but I don’t focus about that, I focus about teamwork and try to do the best out there for my team.”
Following Sandoval’s comments, Farrell was asked the same question.
The manager said his weight fluctuates and the team is working with him on both conditioning and nutrition. Farrell did say the third baseman works hard off the field.
“The one thing we do know is there is a wide range able to fluctuate and that’s been consistent year-to-year with Pablo,” Farrell said. “I do know this, his work ethic in the weight room, his work ethic on the field is consistent. It has been since the first day he got on the field with us here. And yet there’s been challenges that we’ve became aware of over the course of his career that you’re trying to align a number of things and that’s the consistency to the work routine as well as the nutritional side of things.”
|07.30.15 at 4:55 pm ET|
The Red Sox made a few roster moves prior to Thursday’s series finale with the White Sox, primarily to help the depleted Red Sox bullpen due to three consecutive poor starts by Red Sox starting pitching.
Daniel Nava was designated for assignment and left-hander Tommy Layne was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket. The corresponding moves had Jonathan Aro recalled and reliever Jean Machi activated after the Sox claimed him earlier in the week off waivers.
“We needed the space to get two fresh arms here,” manager John Farrell said. “Unfortunately for Daniel, whose story is an incredible one, the path that he’s traveled, there were some extended period of success for him here, but as opportunity diminished and the productivity was inconsistent the decision to designate him to make room was made.”
Nava was hitting .152 in 29 games with the Red Sox this season. He battled a thumb injury for most of the season, which Farrell said had an impact on his performance. Nava’s story is a unique one as he didn’t even make his college team at Santa Clara University. The Red Sox paid Nava’s Independent Ball team $1 for his rights back in 2007.
The switch-hitter made his major league debut in 2010 and became the fourth player in MLB history to hit a grand slam in his first major league at bat and the second to do it on the first pitch.
Things have gone downhill for him following the 2013 season where he hit .303 and played a major part in the Red Sox winning the World Series. Last season he hit .270 overall, but this was after spending time in Triple-A. Then this year, it’s been a struggle, partly because of the thumb.
“There were a couple of things,” Farrell said of his struggles. “I think at the beginning of ’14 there was some fundamental differences that maybe had him with a little bit more of an uphill path that when he went down to Pawtucket he was able to correct and came back last year and had a solid second half of the year for us. This year I thought he maintained some of those fundamental changes, but yet the production wasn’t there. As a result the opportunities started to diminish. There’s no question the thumb (injury) had an effect on his ability to repeat his swing. Those things combined never really allowed him to stay on track and him be the consistent hitter he was in 2013.”
|07.30.15 at 3:17 pm ET|
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup with Steven Wright going for the hosts:
|07.30.15 at 1:33 pm ET|
The Blue Jays, sitting two games out of the American League‘s second wild card spot at 51-51, have made their intentions clear. They are going for it.
Going to the Tigers in exchange for the soon-to-be 30-year-old Price will be top Blue Jays pitching prospect Daniel Norris. Also reportedly included in the deal will be Jays minor league pitchers Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd. The completion of the trade is pending a physical.
While Tulowitzki was acquired to be part of the Jays’ foundation for years to come — under club control through 2021 — Price is a pure rental for the remainder of the 2015 season. He will be eligible for free agency at the end of this year.
It is the second straight year Price has been dealt at the non-waiver trade deadline, with the Tigers having acquired the lefty in a three-team trade with the Rays and Mariners.
Price continues to be dominant, posting a 2.53 ERA in 21 starts this season.
For more on the deal, and the prospects surrendered by the Blue Jays for Price, click here.
|07.30.15 at 10:23 am ET|
As the trade deadline gets closer and closer teams are beginning to make their final efforts to get things done before Friday’s deadline.
— The Pirates acquired pitcher Joe Blanton from the Royals on Wednesday for cash considerations.
— It was an interesting night Wednesday as a trade between the Mets and Brewers that involved Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez going to New York in exchange for pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores reportedly was going to happen until it fell through at the last minute.
Flores, who began crying on the field when he was informed of the trade, likely via a player who saw on social media, learned later that things had fallen through when Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said “there is no trade.” MLB.com reported the Mets backed out because of concerns with Gomez’s right hip, which he’s had soreness throughout the season.
— According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, “a high-ranking executive who spoke to Tigers twice this week says he’d be shocked if the Tigers don’t move David Price by Friday” and Buster Olney said later on Wednesday that the Cubs, Giants, Yankees, Giants, Dodgers and Astros could be in on the pitcher.
Now that Hamels is gone, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote the Yankees will talk to the Tigers about Price, though they are not necessarily considered a favorite to get him. New York had turned down a trade for Hamels when the Phillies asked for two of their top prospects in Luis Severino and Aaron Judge.
— The Tigers are also listening on closer Joakim Soria and former Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and could field offers for their other impending free agents, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. They will likely focus on Price, Cespedes and Soria though, Stark wrote.
|07.30.15 at 9:15 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-62): L, 2-0, vs. Norfolk (Orioles)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) once again pitched well enough to win, but without run support took the loss (3-8, 3.16 ERA) with a final line of: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO (97 pitches, 64 strikes). In Owens’ seven losses this season, Pawtucket has scored a combined six runs.
The lone run charged to Owens Wednesday came after an RBI double in the second inning, with a single and passed ball charged to catcher Humberto Quintero preceding the run. Owens, 23, retired 13 of the final 17 batters he faced, with two of those that reached doing so via errors on the PawSox infield.
The 36th overall selection in the 2011 draft, Owens has thrown quality starts in eight out of his past nine outings, giving him an ERA of 2.85 (20 ER/63 IP) over that span with 54 strikeouts to 18 walks. In 2014 Owens went 17-5 over 26 starts split between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket, with an ERA of 2.94.
— RHP Pat Light (Boston’s No. 24 prospect at MLB.com) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, getting a double play to end the seventh after RHP Dayan Diaz had allowed a double and walked three batters. Light stayed on for the eighth and retired the side in order, striking out two. Light, 24, now has scoreless appearances in three of his last four after a rough stretch of eight outings that saw his ERA rise to 8.74. The 37th overall selection in the 2012 draft, Light had a terrific start to the year in Portland with 32 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings over 21 appearances before his promotion.
— The PawSox offense was held to just five hits, with DH Garin Cecchini (Boston’s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com), shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com), and center fielder Quintin Berry each reaching base twice (each with a single and a walk). Pawtucket was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and the team fell to 4-20 in July.
— Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was promoted to Boston with Mookie Betts heading to the disabled list. In 71 games in Triple-A Bradley has slashed .305/.382/.472, with five home runs in July to bring his season total to nine.
Infielder Mike Miller was reassigned from Portland back to Pawtucket, and catcher Matt Spring was added off the temporary inactive list.
|07.30.15 at 8:58 am ET|
The knuckleballer Wright has amassed a 3-4 record and 4.78 ERA this season in 13 appearances. He has made six starts for the Red Sox and also pitched out of the bullpen. His ERA is perhaps artificially low, considering his 5.45 FIP. Wright has totaled a WHIP of 1.329.
Wright is one of a handful of Red Sox pitchers to have their roles shift numerous times throughout the 2015 season. Due to unimpressive results from the likes of Justin Masterson and Joe Kelly, as well as the injury to Clay Buchholz, spots have opened up in the rotation at various points in the season.Wright spent a month with Triple-A Pawtucket before being called up and reintroduced to the rotation against the Angels on July 20. He got the loss in the contest, allowing six runs over five innings pitched.
In his most recent start, Wright got another loss, this coming at the hands of the Tigers on Saturday. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits. He and catcher Blake Swihart had trouble connecting with the knuckleball, as Swihart allowed four passed balls.
“I thought he had some decent violence to the pitch,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Wright. “Then there were a few that he left up in the strike zone, particularly to [Yoenis] Cespedes and [Jose] Iglesias for two of the extra-base hits. Where Blake has handled him relatively cleanly in his previous starts, he had difficulty with receiving him clean today, which allowed [runners] to advance 90 feet on a couple of occasions. Felt like where we were in the order in the fifth inning, needed to try and get a ground ball double play and Ramirez gets out of the inning with no further damage, but probably not as consistent of a knuckleball we’ve seen from Steven previously.”
|07.30.15 at 3:04 am ET|
The mystery regarding where Cole Hamels might end up has been solved. And it should be no surprise that his new landing spot isn’t with the Red Sox.
The 31-year-old lefty was traded from the Phillies to the Rangers Wednesday night in an eight-player deal. Heading to Texas will be Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman and $9.5 million. In return, Philadelphia receives veteran pitcher Matt Harrison along with pitching prospects Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, and outfield prospect Nick Williams.
Thompson and Alfaro are considered two of the top 50 prospects in the game according to Baseball America. The Rangers didn’t, however, have to part with their top prospect, Joey Gallo, whom — according to a major league source — the Phillies stopped asking for early on in the negotiations.
The Rangers weren’t one of the 20 teams Hamels had the right to veto a trade to. According to sources, the belief in recent days was that the Phillies were steering negotiations toward any of the nine teams not on the pitcher’s no-trade list who were showing significant interest.
With the Red Sox on Hamels’ no-trade list, sources confirmed that the organization didn’t view itself as a serious contender for the pitcher’s services in the days prior to Wednesday’s trade. Houston, which also had significant interest in the pitcher, found itself in a similar position as the Red Sox.
The Dodgers, who were not on Hamels’ no-trade list, were believed to be the Rangers’ most serious competitor for the southpaw’s services.
Hamels will be paid $82.1 million through the 2018 season, with a team/vesting $20 million option for ’19.
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