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Why some Red Sox prospects have better chance to be traded this month than others 07.12.16 at 3:10 pm ET
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Dave Dombrowski has already traded three players who were Rule 5 draft eligible. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Dave Dombrowski has already traded three players who were Rule 5 draft eligible. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

A few of the Red Sox prospects have already been traded this month in Aaron Wilkerson and Wendell Rijo to the Brewers for Aaron Hill and then Luis Alejandro Basabe and Jose Almonte to the Diamondbacks for Brad Ziegler.

While it may be a minor thing to some, it’s worth noting with the exception of Wilkerson, all three players were eligible for the Rule 5 draft after this season.

This means if they were not on the 40-man roster by November, they could be selected in the Rule 5 draft by another organization.

It’s a good move by the Red Sox as they get something for these players rather than potentially losing them in the Rule 5 draft, or having to potentially use a 40-man roster spot on them to protect them.

Here are four players to keep an eye on this month to be dealt as they are eligible for the Rule 5 draft after this season.

Justin Haley — Haley, a right-handed pitcher drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 draft is currently with Triple-A Pawtucket. In five games he is 2-2 with a 3.96 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 25 innings. Over 12 starts with Double-A Portland to open the year, he was 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings.

Teddy Stankiewicz — After a great start to the season, the right-hander has cooled off of late with Double-A Portland. Selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, he has allowed at least four earned runs in five out of his last eight outings. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but was known for his consistency, going at least six innings and allowing two or three runs each time out until the past few starts.

Austin Maddox — Maddox, a right-handed reliever with Double-A Portland is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA over 10 games following his promotion from High-A Salem. He also has 23 strikeouts in just 19 1/3 innings. He was a 2012 third-round pick out of Florida University.

Jantzen Witte — Witte has been the PawSox’ every day third baseman this season and is batting .249 with 16 RBIs, while playing a solid first base. He hit .359 with two home runs in the first 11 games with Portland to open the year and was immediately promoted. He was taken in the 24th round of the 2013 draft.

Other notable names to watch as being Rule 5 draft eligible are: Luis Alexander Basabe, Jake Drehoff, Jake Romanski and Luis Ysla.

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Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says he will ‘groove 3 fastballs’ to David Ortiz in All-Star Game 07.12.16 at 2:02 pm ET
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Jose Fernandez says he will groove David Ortiz three fastballs in the All-Star Game. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Jose Fernandez says he will groove David Ortiz three fastballs in the All-Star Game. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

It’s no guarantee Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez will face David Ortiz in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, but if he does, expect three pitches Ortiz can hit.

On Monday, speaking to ESPN’s Marly Rivera, Fernandez said he is going to groove three fastballs down the middle so Ortiz can “hit a monster home run” in his last All-Star Game.

This may upset some people as the game determines home field advantage in the World Series and should be taken seriously, but it’s also a game to celebrate the best players in the game and what better way for Ortiz to go out in his 10th and final All-Star Game than hitting a home run.

Ortiz is starting the game batting cleanup for the American League and Fernandez will come in out of the bullpen.

It wouldn’t be the first time either, as Derek Jeter was grooved a fastball for a double in his final game and Cal Ripken Jr. was grooved a fastball so he could hit a home run in his final Mid-Summer Classic.

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Red Sox offer Jason Groome around $3.5 million, deadline to sign 3 days away 07.12.16 at 11:27 am ET
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It’s getting close to deadline time with Red Sox first-round pick Jason Groome.

The Red Sox and Groome have until Friday to come to an agreement on a deal and are said to be in the process of working to reach one. Jon Heyman reported Monday the Red Sox have offered Groome $3.5 million and a source close to the situation says that report is fairly accurate.

Groome isn’t the only player the Red Sox have left to sign. They still need to sign fourth-rounder Bobby Dalbec and fifth-rounder Mike Shawaryn with just over $5 million remaining in their bonus pool for those three players.

The slot value for Dalbec is $501,300 and the slot value for Shawaryn $375,500, but Shawaryn is seeking over the slotted value. If Dalbec signs for slotted value and Shawaryn for slightly above his, the Red Sox would have roughly $4 million to offer Groome. The slot value for Groome is $3,192,800, but it’s been well-documented he was seeking top-five money.

Negotiations are expected to pick up with Groome as early as today given how much his signing potentially impacts the other two players.

If Groome doesn’t sign, he’s committed to Chipola Junior College and could re-enter the MLB Draft next season. Then, the Red Sox could shift their focus to potentially signing 11th-round pick Nick Quintana, who is committed to the University of Arizona and visited Fenway Park last week.

It would seem highly unlikely the team could sign both Groome and Quintana.

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Julio Teheran, Drew Pomeranz (potential Red Sox targets) address trade rumors at All-Star Game 07.11.16 at 10:54 pm ET
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Braves starter Julio Teheran addressed trade rumors on Monday. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports)

Braves starter Julio Teheran addressed trade rumors on Monday. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports)

It’s no secret the Red Sox will be seeking starting pitching at the trade deadline.

Two potential starters on the market — Julio Teheran of the Braves and Drew Pomeranz of the Padres — addressed the trade rumors surrounding them with their teams under-performing this season at the All-Star Game in San Diego and both have some connection to the Red Sox.

Teheran’s connection is simple. His former general manager Frank Wren is now the Red Sox’ senior vice president of baseball operations.

The right-hander told reporters in San Diego the two have “a good relationship.”

As for potentially being traded, he has an idea it may be coming with the Braves currently having one of the worst records in baseball.

“It’s really exciting,” Teheran said to reporters, including the Boston Herald. “But I don’t really think about getting traded or being in the postseason. Obviously I want to be in the postseason, but I want to be on the team that I signed with, the team I am on right now. And if I get traded I’ll try to do my best and get the team that I’m traded to to the postseason.”

So far this season, Teheran is 3-8, but has a 2.96 ERA. The 25-year-old doesn’t become a free agent until the year 2020.

“It feels weird,” Teheran said. “I signed with the Braves and I wanted to stay my whole career with them. But I know that’s not going to happen, or I can’t control it and it will happen anytime. You try not to think about it. I know I hear rumors everywhere. But you know, you try to concentrate and work on control every five days, be ready and be healthy to pitch and other things will take care of themselves.”

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Fellow MLB All-Stars don’t think David Ortiz will retire 07.11.16 at 9:36 pm ET
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Many MLB All-Stars don't think David Ortiz will retire. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

Many MLB All-Stars don’t think David Ortiz will retire. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

Even at age 40, David Ortiz is still performing.

The Red Sox designated hitter was named to his 10th All-Star game after a very impressive first half of the season.

Ortiz is hitting .332 with 22 home runs and 72 RBIs with the homers and RBIs being the second-most in the American League.

With the way he’s performing, many fellow All-Stars don’t believe he will actually retire after this season.

“I still don’t 100 percent believe that this is it for him,” former teammate Jon Lester said to reporters in San Diego. “But I’ll guess we’ll see come next spring training. I’m just happy for him. He’s been a part of this game for a long time and been the fact of this game for a long time. I’m sure that wears on you as a person and a family guy like he is. I’m sure he’s ready to go home, but like I said, I’ll believe it come next spring training.”

Lester wasn’t the only one. Young superstar Mike Trout doesn’t believe it either, especially with the numbers he’s putting up.

“I don’t think Big Papi is going to retire,” Trout said to reporters. “I keep telling him that. With those numbers, I wouldn’t.”

Manny Machado wants him to keep playing, but not for the Red Sox, instead for his team the Orioles.

“Hopefully our owners can throw some dollar signs at him,” he said.

This is the 15th consecutive season Ortiz has hit at least 20 home runs, but he slugger firmly believes he made the right decision announcing he will retire after this year.

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Red Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada wins MVP of Futures Game 07.10.16 at 10:51 pm ET
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If there was any doubt of just how good Yoan Moncada is, that was answered Sunday night at the 2016 Futures Game in San Diego.

The second baseman and top prospect in baseball went 2-for-5 with a home run and a stolen base to take home MVP honors as his Team World team beat Team USA, 11-3.

His biggest hit came in the eighth inning when he crushed a two-run home run into the upper deck in left field from the right side of the plate.

This was significant as the switch-hitter has much more power from the left side, as of his nine home runs this year, none have come from the right side.

“I am very honored and so excited to be part of this day today,” Moncada said through an interpreter on MLB Network after receiving his MVP award. “I can’t believe how exciting it all is. I am thankful to God for how well everything is going for me.”

Moncada spoke of his overall skills before the game, which he showed off in the game, including showing off his speed by stealing second base and taking third on an error in the fourth inning

“I’m a five-tool player,” he said through a translator to reporters in San Diego. “For the ones that have never seen me play, today you’re going to have an opportunity to.”

“All of them are advanced,” he added when asked which one of his tools was the best.

As for his ultimate goal, it’s pretty simple — get to the majors.

“To get to the big leagues,” he said. “And for my family to be here in the United States is my second goal.”

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Red Sox prospect Andrew Benintendi: ‘I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought about [getting to the big leagues]’ 07.10.16 at 10:09 pm ET
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Andrew Benintendi admitted he's thought about the majors. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Andrew Benintendi admitted he’s thought about the majors. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

On Saturday, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski spoke of not having an issue with a player skipping Triple-A and going right to the big leagues.

While he wasn’t speaking about one specific player, he might as well have been referring to Andrew Benintendi, who is tearing up Double-A Portland and with the number of injuries the Red Sox have endured of late, some have speculated Benintendi may get a shot.

While no move appears imminent, prior to the Futures Game in San Diego, Benintendi acknowledged it’s crossed his mind.

“I’m very confident. I think if you’re not confident, you’re not in the right place,” Benintendi said to reporters. “I think I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought about [getting to the big leagues]. I trust the guys who make those decisions, trust in the process and whatever happens, happens.”

Benintendi was the Red Sox’ first-round pick (No. 7 overall) last season and has flown through the system.

After just 35 games in short-season, Single-A Lowell he was promoted to Single-A Greenville for the final 19 games of last season. Between the two teams he batted .313 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs.

Then this season, he started with High-A Salem and after 34 games and hitting .341 he was promoted to Double-A Portland. After struggling a bit to start, he’s starting to get comfortable as overall he’s batting .288 with the Sea Dogs.

He batted lead off for Team USA in the game and went 0-for-3.

Being named to the Futures Game was just the latest honor for Benintendi as he was the Golden Spikes Award winner (college baseball’s version of the Heisman Trophy) last year, but the 22-year-old isn’t a huge fan of the attention that comes with it.

“I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m not a fan of all the attention and the media, stuff like that, but I understand it’s part of it and I have to do it,” said Benintendi. “I come from a pretty humble family and I try to be a humble guy.”

Eventually, it will be hard to stay away from all the attention because he’ll find himself in the big leagues.

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David Price reflects on up-and-down 1st half: ‘I never lost confidence in my abilities’ 07.10.16 at 5:53 pm ET
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David Price capped an up-and-down first half with a great performance Sunday against the Rays. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

David Price capped an up-and-down first half with a great performance Sunday against the Rays. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

On May 7 and after seven starts as a member of the Red Sox, David Price had a 6.75 ERA and wasn’t even close to the pitcher the Red Sox signed to a seven-year, $217 million contract last offseason.

But, to Price’s credit, he didn’t let that bring him down as he’s turned things around dramatically and has been pitching like the ace he was supposed to be of late.

On Sunday, in his final start of the first half, the left-hander tossed eight shutout innings while scattering four hits, walking one and striking out 10 against the Rays in the Red Sox’ 4-0 win — his ninth win of the season.

It was the first time in his career he went at least eight innings, didn’t allow a run and struck out at least 10 batters. It was just his second win since May 24.

“I’m never discouraged. I never lost confidence in my abilities,” Price said. “I know my coaching staff and my teammates didn’t either.”

Price now has a 4.34 ERA on the season, down almost 2.50 points from two months ago. Since May 7, over his last 12 starts, he has an ERA of 3.14

“Today is an example of what I think everyone sees David’s capabilities,” manager John Farrell said.

Price will enter the All-Star break as the American League leader in strikeouts with 140, the most by a left-handed pitched before the break in Red Sox history. Sunday was his third straight outing with at least 10 strikeouts and his seventh time this season.

For the Red Sox to continue their recent success in the second half, they need Price to pitch like he has of late — the ace he was signed to be.

“Just keep going,” he said. “Whether your pitch well or pitch bad, just have a short memory. What I did today is not going to matter whenever I pitch next in my next start. Just have a short memory, keep working. Good things are going to happen.”

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RHP Noe Ramirez to be optioned to make room for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez 07.10.16 at 5:32 pm ET
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Noe Ramirez

Noe Ramirez

With manager John Farrell announcing left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will start Friday night coming out of the All-Star break in New York, the Red Sox needed to make a roster move to open the spot.

Following Sunday’s 4-0 win, Farrell said reliever Noe Ramirez would be optioned to open the spot for Rodriguez.

Ramirez was called up Saturday, but didn’t pitch Saturday or Sunday as the Red Sox never needed him.

The right-hander has made 11 relief appearances over five stints with the Red Sox this season, posting a 6.55 ERA. Ramirez has also made 17 appearances with Pawtucket, earning three saves and going 1-3 with a 2.45 ERA and 23 strikeouts compared to eight walks.

Rodriguez will make his first major league start since June 27.

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Xander Bogaerts admits he was motivated after not making 2015 All-Star team 07.10.16 at 5:23 pm ET
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Xander Bogaerts admitted he was a bit motivated by not making the 2015 All-Star team. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts admitted he was a bit motivated by not making the 2015 All-Star team. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts will soon be boarding a plane to San Diego for the 2016 All-Star Game for his first All-Star appearance, but he very well could have made his first appearance last year in Cincinnati.

In 2015, the shortstop slashed .304/.338/.411 with three home runs and 43 RBIs in the first half of the season, but did not get invited to the game.

Brock Holt was the only member of the Red Sox to get the invite and the other American League shortstops were Alcides Escobar and Jose Iglesias.

A year later, Bogaerts admitted he was motivated by not making the team.

“A little bit. A little bit,” he said following Sunday’s 4-0 win over the Rays to close out the first half. “That definitely helped my second half, but this is a new year and I am thankful.”

Bogaerts was even better in the second half as he slashed .337/.372/.431 with four home runs and 38 RBIs. He’s carried it over into 2016 as going into the break he’s batting .329 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs. The home runs and RBIs are the most by a Red Sox shortstop at the All-Star break since Nomar Garciparra back in 2003.

Since the start of last year, his 313 hits are the second-most in the majors.

Even with his tremendous first half and first All-Star nod, Bogaerts feels there are still ways he can improve in the second half.

“I’m swinging at a lot of balls out of the zone, but that would help a lot definitely,” he said. “I would like to go the other way more in the second half so that’s something I have a lot to do on since I’ve been pulling it as of late. Hopefully I just can go back that.”

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