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Red Sox potentially have questions at 1B as Opening Day nears 03.29.17 at 11:42 am ET
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First baseman Mitch Moreland is dealing with the flu and has been sent back to Boston. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

First baseman Mitch Moreland is dealing with the flu and has been sent back to Boston. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

A quiet spring training with little news is no more for the Red Sox.

Speaking in Fort Myers prior to Wednesday’s spring training game against the Twins, manager John Farrell told reporters utility infielder Josh Rutledge will start the season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, as well noting first baseman Mitch Moreland is flying back to Boston to be quarantined with the flu.

It is also worth noting Hanley Ramirez has yet to play a game this spring at first base due to a shoulder issue.

The hope is Moreland will be ready for Opening Day next Monday, which he should, but if he isn’t the Red Sox could have some issues with who can play first base.

Steve Selsky or Marco Hernandez seem like options to be added last minute to the final roster.

“Selsky is another guy that even though he’s been optioned out, he’s a guy we’re having discussions on,” Farrell said. “Any guy in our camp that we feel is going to make us a more complete or balanced roster — Deven Marrero — they’re all in consideration.”

Some have suggested Sam Travis as an option, but Farrell noted he isn’t on the 40-man roster, so thus not an option.

“He’s not on the roster and we’re at 40 right now,” Farrell said. “You’ve got to look at all kinds of potential here. But Sam Travis doesn’t fit the positions that [Josh] Rutledge does. Yeah it’s first base, but you also have to fit the roster as well.”

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Red Sox make roster moves with Opening Day 1 week away, including optioning C Blake Swihart to Triple-A 03.27.17 at 8:45 am ET
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Blake Swihart was optioned on Monday. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports)

Blake Swihart was optioned on Monday. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports)

Opening Day is one week away and the Red Sox are trimming their roster.

On Monday morning, the team optioned catcher Blake Swihart and shortstop Deven Marrero to Triple-A Pawtucket. Also, the Sox sent catcher Dan Butler and first baseman Sam Travis to minor league camp.

Swihart is the biggest name, but it was pretty much assumed he would start the year in Pawtucket given he is the only catcher with options.

Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez will be the two catchers on the roster.

Travis is a name to watch as he missed the majority of last season with an ACL tear, but the former second-round pick could potentially be added to the big league roster at some point this season. Some view him as the first baseman of the future and was the reason why the organization didn’t sign one to a big deal this offseason.

The Red Sox host the Pirates next Monday in the season opener.

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Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Rafael Devers among players re-assigned out of big league camp 03.14.17 at 9:27 am ET
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Henry Owens was re-assigned to Triple-A. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

Henry Owens was re-assigned to Triple-A. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox made a few roster moves Tuesday as spring training rolls on.

Left-handed pitchers Brian Johnson and Henry Owens and right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and third baseman Rafael Devers, outfielder Junior Lake, and catcher Jordan Procyshen were reassigned to minor league camp.

The Red Sox now have 52 players in big league camp, including 37 players from the 40-man roster and 15 non-roster invitees.

All the moves were pretty much expected. In Owens’ case, he still continues to work on his control, which has been the case virtually his entire career with the Red Sox. He was the only player to have any chance of making the big league team, but even that was a long-shot.

Devers is expected to start the year in Double-A.

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Looking back (and ahead) at Red Sox’ minor league system under Dave Dombrowski 12.06.16 at 5:20 pm ET
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Dave Dombrowski has left the Red Sox minor league system with next to nothing. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Dave Dombrowski has left the Red Sox minor league system with next to nothing. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

In just over a year on the job, Dave Dombrowski has stomped on the once giant sandcastle of Red Sox minor league talent and has left one small extension of the castle clinging on trying to avoid being swept out to sea.

Granted, because of their prospects the Red Sox have acquired Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith, Brad Ziegler, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Abad, Aaron Hill and now Chris Sale, there isn’t much left to the once highly regarded Red Sox minor league system.

Consider the names that have been traded under Dombrowski: Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Anderson Espinoza, Manuel Margot, Luis Alexander Basabe, Luis Alejandro Basabe, Victor Diaz, Javier Guerra, Logan Allen, Jose Almonte, Aaron Wilkerson, Carlos Asuaje, Pat Light and Wendell Rijo.

Quite the talented group of players is gone and what remains does not even compare.

Below is what the Red Sox have left in their system (top 10 players in order as we see it):

Pitchers: Jason Groome, Brian Johnson, Henry Owens, Trey Ball, Travis Latkins, Roniel Raudes, Mike Shawaryn, Shaun Anderson, Justin Haley, Jalen Beeks.

Analysis
: Yikes. For a system that once had Kopech, Espinoza and Allen leading the way, what a difference 18 months make, as now their top pitching prospect is an 18-year-old in Groome, who was just drafted last year and has yet to pitch in a game past short-season, Single-A Lowell. Besides Johnson and Owens who have major question marks, the Red Sox do not have anyone who realistically can help the major league team in the next year or two in their system. The contrast to this is the team has Rick Porcello, David Price and Sale at the top of the rotation locked up for the years to come so they likely will not need to tap much into their minor league system for top talent, but it certainly is something to note that there simply is no depth when it comes to pitching in the Red Sox’ system. Shawaryn has some upside, but he too was just drafted last summer and it’s really hard to project where he will be two or three years down the road. Bottom line, look away when looking at the Red Sox’ minor league pitching depth chart.

Positional players: Rafael Devers, Sam Travis, Bobby Dalbec, Josh Ockimey, Nick Longhi, Michael Chavis, C.J. Chatham, Kyri Washington, Tate Matheny and Austin Rei.

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Kate Upton goes crazy on Twitter after Rick Porcello, not fiance’ Justin Verlander, wins AL Cy Young Award 11.16.16 at 7:19 pm ET
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Rick Porcello won the American League Cy Young Award by five points over Justin Verlander despite Verlander getting more first-place votes, 14-8.

Verlander’s fiancée Kate Upton immediately took to Twitter and went insane. Here are some of her tweets. Visit her Twitter page for more.

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Rick Porcello wins American League Cy Young Award 11.16.16 at 7:01 pm ET
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Rick Porcello won the American League Cy Young Award. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

Rick Porcello won the American League Cy Young Award. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

For the first time since Pedro Martinez in 2000, the Red Sox have a Cy Young Award winner.

Announced Wednesday night, Rick Porcello won the 2016 AL Cy Young Award. Porcello barely beat out Justin Verlander as Porcello had 137 points and Verlander had 132.

The five-point differential is the second closest of any election since ballots permitted voting for more than one pitcher in 1970. Verlander had more first place votes, 14-8.

Porcello went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA, while striking out 189. The right-hander was exceptional at home as he went 13-1 with a 2.97 ERA at Fenway Park.

It is the seventh time a Red Sox pitcher has won the award. It’s worth mentioning the award is voted on before the postseason.

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Mookie Betts undergoes successful right knee surgery, expected to be ready for spring training 11.11.16 at 10:25 am ET
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Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts had a tremendous 2016 season and he did it while not being 100 percent healthy.

The team announced Friday morning Betts underwent successful right knee arthroscopy, chondroplasty, and a loose body removal yesterday. The procedure was performed by Head Team Orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for spring training.

Betts finished the season hitting .318 with 31 homers and 113 RBI.

The right fielder also won a Gold Glove this week and is a finalist for the AL MVP award.

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Red Sox won’t hire general manager, promote Eddie Romero to senior vice president/assistant general manager 10.25.16 at 1:08 pm ET
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Dave Dombrowski will not have a general manager at this time. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Dave Dombrowski will not have a general manager at this time. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox announced Tuesday afternoon they will not hire a general manager and have promoted Eddie Romero to senior vice president/assistant general manager after Mike Hazen left the team for the GM position with the Diamondbacks.

Romero along with senior vice president/assistant general manager, Brian O’Halloran, will both directly report to president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and assist in all aspects of baseball operations going forward.

This comes after Romero was elevated to the position of vice president for international scouting at the start of last season.

“The Red Sox are very pleased to announce Eddie’s promotion to assistant general manager,” said Dombrowski in a statement. “This is a very talented individual who we think can make a real impact for us with his background in player evaluation and his knowledge of our minor league system. A native Spanish speaker, his ability to communicate with both players and staff is significant, especially in today’s game. We look forward to having Eddie on board to assist our efforts to improve our ball club.”

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Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Mauricio Dubon making headlines in Arizona Fall League 10.15.16 at 6:44 pm ET
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Mauricio Dubon

Mauricio Dubon

The Surprise Saguaros have a number of Red Sox players on their roster in the Arizona Fall League and through four games, they have a few making headlines.

— On Saturday, Mauricio Dubon made his outfield debut starting in center field. Dubon, a shortstop (with some experience at second and third base) who finished this past year with Double-A Portland, likely is adding the position to increase his versatility as there doesn’t appear to be a place for him in the foreseeable future with the big league club in the infield with Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Yoan Moncada, Pablo Sandoval all in good positions moving forward in the coming years.

At the plate he went 2-for-4 with a home run. He is batting .286 in his first three games.

— Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech started the game on Saturday and went three no-hit innings, allowing just one base runner, which came on an error. The hard-throwing right-hander went three innings, allowing no hits, not walking a batter and striking out five. This is a very good sign considering his tough end to his 2016 campaign.

— While Moncada struggled at the major league level in September, he hasn’t let it impact his Arizona Fall League so far. The switch-hitter, who will play exclusively at third base, is 6-for-14 (.429) in his three games. He has struck out four times in 14 at-bats, while walking just once.

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Dave Dombrowski hints Drew Pomeranz may have been pitching hurt 10.11.16 at 6:24 pm ET
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Drew Pomeranz may have been pitching hurt this postseason. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz may have been pitching hurt this postseason. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz was skipped in the rotation for his final start of the year with a forearm injury, as well as because of a career-high in innings pitched.

His elbow was also a major topic of discussion following his trade to the Red Sox from the Padres for top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza as following the deal, Padres general manager A.J. Preller was suspended for 30 days over the deceptive practice of maintaining two separate injury databases — one for view by other clubs in potential trade discussions and then a more detailed one for the team’s use.

With Pomeranz, the Padres reportedly hid the use of anti-inflammatories to treat a sore elbow.

Speaking Tuesday at Fenway Park when discussing the state of the Red Sox rotation going into next year, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski hinted Pomeranz may be injured.

“And I like Pomeranz as part of that rotation,” Dombrowski said. “Of course we have some medical followup with Drew. I’m anticipating that he’ll be fine for spring training but until he sees the doctor, will 100 percent we know that.”

Dombrowski was also asked about the MLB investigation into the trade, as it was learned a few weeks go the Red Sox could have rescinded the trade, but opted not to.

“I really don’t have much to say on Drew Pomeranz, because that’s a situation from the commissioner’s office and they’ve spoken on that situation and made their decision,” he said. “I feel for Drew only to the extent that it’s his health. We wanted him to be a part of this organization and we’re glad that he’s part of our organization. When they gave us that option, we’d like to have him with us. We think he’s a fine big league pitcher. He made the All-Star team. It’s a situation where I think he understands there’s a separation from what the commissioner’s office is talking about from an injury perspective and our desire to have him.

“We look forward to him being part of our rotation. We feel for him. I’m hopeful that he’ll be OK going into next year and the doctors will be the ones that advise us on that, but I think he will be.”

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