|08.02.16 at 9:10 am ET|
The inconsistent David Price will take on Mariners left-hander Wade LeBlanc on Tuesday as the Red Sox continue their four-game series in Seattle.
Price sits at 9-7 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. The southpaw is third in the American League in strikeouts (151) but is second in hits allowed (150). He is 1-3 in his last seven starts. His last start was a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to the Angels on Thursday, when Price tossed eight innings of shutout ball. He gave up seven hits, struck out six and walked just one in the outing. Price has pitched at least eight innings in eight starts, best in the AL.
“Just kind of doing what feels good out there, what feels normal, what makes me me,” Price said. “I know what I need to do. I painted a lot more pitches. It was better.”
Price has taken on the Mariners six times in his eight-year career, totaling a 3-1 record and .225 ERA. He started against them on June 19 of this year, when he held Seattle to one run on eight hits in eight innings. He fanned seven batters and didn’t walk one.
|08.02.16 at 9:01 am ET|
Chris Sale never came close to joining the Red Sox.
That’s certainly the takeaway from Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who told reporters in Seattle on Monday night that reports of a fevered pursuit that went down to the wire for the White Sox ace were inaccurate.
“There was a lot of active conversations,” Dombrowski said. “I think I was sitting in there trying to figure out over the last two, three days, how many clubs we actually talked to, between myself and Mike [Hazen] and our staff members, I’d say there were about 20 of them, so there was a lot of active conversations, a lot just checking in, a lot of times an idea floated, what about this guy, what about that guy, and so we had some very active conversations right to the very end with some people.”
But what about the White Sox, who reportedly dangled Sale, though they wanted a ransom in return?
“Probably not where some people rumored that we were doing, there was no truth to those rumors whatsoever, I don’t know where some of that comes from at times,” Dombrowski told reporters. “I said there were 20 clubs — we didn’t talk to the White Sox since last Friday, that was the last time we spoke to them. It’s just one of those things, where everybody has a right to ask for whatever they want, and you just decided that’s not a price you want to pay.”
Dombrowski made it clear that teams wanted more than the Red Sox were willing to pay, with most conversations beginning and ending with prospects Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, and Rafael Devers. Asked by reporters in Seattle if he was reluctant to move the first two, Dombrowski nodded.
“I would say extremely,” he said. “They’re really good. Those two players are, and they’re not the only ones. Devers you could say is pretty close, too. He’s a little younger. These guys are special players, and they’re not far from the big leagues, either. These guys are really good players. It’s just a situation where, you know when you talk to other clubs and people offer you good big-league players for them. But I do think we feel we have a club that can not only win now, but we want to be good for years to come. They’re a really important part of what we’re going to do.”
And if that meant saying no to discussions on one of the best pitchers in the game, then so be it.
|08.02.16 at 12:57 am ET|
After Dustin Pedroia saved the Red Sox on Sunday, Mookie Betts made sure the momentum lasted.
The young leadoff man blasted a go-ahead homer leading off the ninth off of closer Steve Cishek to break a 1-1 tie and propel the Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Mariners.
“Well, he’s emerging as one of the elite players in the game for sure,” manager John Farrell told reporters in Seattle. “He’s so quick and obviously has the ability to impact the baseball. Couldn’t have been more timely than it was tonight against a side-arm reliever in Cishek who’s very tough against right-handers”
On Sunday, Pedroia’s dramatic three-run homer in the ninth lifted the Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Angels. On Monday, the Red Sox once again waited for most of the game to score, although this time they got on the board with Aaron Hill’s first homer as a member of the Red Sox, which tied the game at one in the eighth and set the stage for Betts’ heroics.
The All-Star right fielder now has 22 homers and 70 RBIs, and remains on pace to post the first 30-100 season out of the leadoff spot in big league history.
“It gives us a big boost,” Betts told reporters in Seattle. “I feel like you’ve got to play 27 outs to beat us. I think we’re starting to see that more and more now, we’re just grinding through at-bats the whole game and not giving up.”
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez delivered his best start of the year, providing another hint that he could be turning the corner. Working quickly and with confidence, Rodriguez carried a shutout into the seventh before allowing a one-out RBI double to Dae-Ho Lee.
|08.02.16 at 12:27 am ET|
The Andrew Benintendi era will begin sooner than expected.
The Red Sox will summon the outfielder to join the team in Seattle, manager John Farrell told reporters after Monday’s 2-1 victory, skipping him directly from Double-A to the big leagues.
He’ll be available off the bench on Tuesday and he’ll start on Wednesday as part of a platoon with the righty-hitting Bryce Brentz. Brock Holt returns to a utility role.
“Lot of discussion on it over the last few days,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters in Seattle. “It really came down to we looked at some possible alternatives to help us in left field. We thought some of them were good choices, but we also thought the cost for some of those were quite high. We also weighed that vs. the availability of [Benintendi] being ready. … And our people kept coming up and saying, ‘Well, we think he could play at the big-league level, and we think he’s ready.'”
Benintendi has been a monster in the minors. He’s hitting .312 with nine homers, 76 RBIs, and a .910 OPS at two levels this season.
The team’s No. 1 pick (7th overall) in the 2015 draft, Benintendi has raced through the minors, with 20 homers and 107 RBIs in 151 games. He’s only listed at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, but the left-handed hitter produces tremendous bat speed and has more walks (74) in his minor league career than strikeouts (63).
The Red Sox made Benintendi untouchable at the trade deadline, and now it’s clear why. To make room for him, they designated utility player Michael Martinez for assignment.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald first reported Benintendi’s promotion.
|08.01.16 at 7:36 pm ET|
The Red Sox return to the field on Monday, opening a four-game series against the Mariners and hoping to build on one of their best victories of the season.
The Sox trailed the Angels 3-0 in the ninth on Sunday before Dustin Pedroia powered a five-run ninth with a three-run homer that lifted Boston to a 5-3 victory.
The Red Sox will look to keep that momentum going in Seattle, with Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound. Here’s the lineup.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Sandy Leon C
Bryce Brentz LF
|08.01.16 at 5:23 pm ET|
Prior to Monday’s game with the Mariners, the Red Sox activated closer Craig Kimbrel from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Joe Kelly back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Kimbrel is returning from a left knee medial meniscus tear suffered on July 9. After successful surgery he is back with the team less than a month later. Kimbrel was named to this year’s AL All-Star team as a manager’s selection, but couldn’t participate. He’s gone 1-3 with a 3.55 ERA totaling 50 strikeouts in 34 appearances, 28 of which have been scoreless.
Kelly rejoined the Red Sox as a reliever just over a week ago and in three appearances allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings. He will rejoin the PawSox were he excelled out of the bullpen before being called up. The right-hander allowed zero runs and five hits in five innings, while recording nine strikeouts against one walk over four appearances.
Also, with the Red Sox adding Fernando Abad via trade to their bullpen, they likely will need to make another move, which will likely involve lefty Tommy Layne.
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|08.01.16 at 4:27 pm ET|
The 2016 MLB trade deadline has passed and the Red Sox only made a small move Monday, acquiring Twins left-handed specialist Fernando Abad in exchange for minor league right-hander Pat Light.
Although they only made this deal, there were rumors of the team being in on discussions with multiple teams, most notably the White Sox for Chris Sale. Sale didn’t end up by being traded and from a Red Sox perspective, it’s likely because they didn’t want to part ways with either of their top prospects Yoan Moncada or Andrew Benintendi.
In 32 games with Double-A Portland, Moncada is batting .289 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs, while in 63 games with the Sea Dogs, Benintendi is batting .295 with eight homers and 44 RBIs. The center fielder has begun playing games in left field so it’s worth keeping an eye on him as he could soon be promoted to Triple-A and contribute in Boston before the year is over.
Despite only trading for Abad, it doesn’t mean Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox weren’t active at the deadline, it was just they made their deals well ahead of Monday’s deadline.
Here is a look at what Dombrowski and the Red Sox did this month:
July 7 – Acquired INF Aaron Hill and cash considerations from the Brewers for RHP Aaron Wilkerson and INF Wendell Rijo.
July 9 – Acquired INF-OF Michael Martinez from the Indians for cash considerations.
July 10 – Acquired RHP Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks for RHP Jose Almonte and INF Luis Alejandro Basabe.
July 14 – Acquired LHP Drew Pomeranz from the Padres for RHP Anderson Espinoza.
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|08.01.16 at 2:48 pm ET|
Cross two more names off the list of potential Red Sox targets: left-hander Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick.
The two former Red Sox were traded by the A’s to the Dodgers on Monday in advance of baseball’s trade deadline for a trio of minor league right-handed pitchers.
At one point, Hill was considered a prize of the deadline. He’s 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 76 innings. However, the 36-year-old left his his last start on July 17 with blister problems one batter into the game and hasn’t pitched since. His last start of more than one batter came on July 7.
The A’s placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20. He has also spent time on the DL this season with a sore groin.
Reddick is a former Gold Glove right fielder who was hitting .322 with an .860 OPS on May 19 when a fractured left thumb landed him on the disabled list for more than a month.
While the left-handed hitter was a less likely target of the Red Sox, he still could’ve filled a need in Boston.
The Red Sox have reportedly made inquiries on 39-year-old Yankees switch hitter Carlos Beltran. They could also turn left field over to top prospect Andrew Benintendi.
|08.01.16 at 1:22 pm ET|
The Red Sox acquired a left-hander from the AL Central 0n Monday, but it wasn’t Chris Sale.
Instead, they’ve swung a deal for reliever Fernando Abad of the Twins and will send Triple-A reliever Pat Light to Minnesota in return. Both teams announced the deal.
Abad, 30, is 1-4 with a 2.65 ERA in 39 appearances. His primary value is as a left-handed specialist. He has limited lefties to a .163 average and .458 OPS. Of his three extra-base hits allowed to left-handers, one was naturally a double by David Ortiz. Righties, meanwhile, are hitting .257-.712 against him.
Abad would seemingly make Tommy Layne expendable, particularly in a season that has seen Layne post average numbers against both lefties and righties.
Abad has played for four teams since reaching the big leagues in 2010 with the Astros. He has also made stops in Washington and Oakland. Lifetime, he’s 6-24 with a 3.58 ERA.
As for Light, the Red Sox selected him in the first round of the 2012 draft (37th overall) out of Monmouth. Despite featuring an upper-90s fastball, he never made a mark in Boston, done in by a lack of control in the minors (4.9 BB/9 this year) at Triple-A Pawtucket.
|08.01.16 at 10:39 am ET|
If the White Sox do trade Chris Sale, the Red Sox appear to be one of the likely destinations.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Red Sox had late night talks with the White Sox regarding Sale. He adds if Sale is traded, the Red Sox and Dodgers are the likely teams he gets dealt to.
Of course there’s no guarantee he gets traded at all on Monday, but if he does it makes sense the Red Sox are in the mix given what they have to offer in return.
The White Sox are asking for quite a bit in return, but the Red Sox have some of the best prospects in baseball — namely Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi, where likely one of the two would need to be included in such a deal along with a few other prospects and likely a major league pitcher.
Sale is signed through 2017 with team options for 2018 and 2019. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game and is currently 14-4 with a 3.17 ERA.
UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Phil Rogers of MLB.com reports Moncada is unlikely in a potential deal and a deal would center around Benintendi and Eduardo Rodriguez. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the White Sox want four players in return, including three “best.”
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