|John Farrell: ‘Guys are fully aware that the deadline is fast approaching’||07.28.15 at 5:31 pm ET|
It’s no secret there will be more Red Sox players traded in the coming days.
With the Red Sox 13 games back of the Yankees in the AL East and 12 games below .500, there will be some movement as the team begins to shift its focus towards 2016.
Manager John Farrell noted there is a little different feel than last year, as there were many names rumored in trade talks — notably Jon Lester. There isn’t that one premier player or rumor this year.
“The difference between this year and last year is I think you see a lot of rumors surrounding individual names, precipitating in trades,” Farrell said. “That rumor hasn’t been nearly as strong surrounding guys last year. It is that time of year. Guys are fully aware that the deadline is fast approaching. I don’t think it’s as prevalent in the minds of the guys here and the lack of that rumor. If there’s anything that is kind of leaning that way, we try and give guys a heads up as best possible, but that’s not the case.”
One player who has been rumored in trades after Shane Victorino was dealt yesterday is Mike Napoli. After struggling much of the season, the first baseman has turned it around of late. Over his last 10 games he’s hitting .355.
“It’s something that’s out of my control,” Napoli said of possibly being dealt. “I come here, work hard every day to get myself better. Go out there, play hard and try to help us win that day. It’s something I don’t really think about. I come here and get my work in and do what I can.”
The Red Sox first baseman did speak of how much he loves Boston, but didn’t want to get into much about how sad he would be if traded.
“I don’t know. I guess I’ll answer that if it happens,” he said. “I love this place. I bought a place here, I live here. Love this city, love the people here. I’ve really enjoyed it. If that time comes, I’ll touch on my thoughts then.”
With the Victorino trade on Monday, Farrell himself admitted it says the team is focusing now on the future. The manager didn’t want to get into what that would mean for the team overall until after Friday’s deadline has passed.
“I think it’s probably best we get through these next few days,” Farrell said. “It’s kind of a mark on the calendar that you — I think there are some things that are obvious and if it affects an individual then that’s when a sit down 1-on-1 comes down a little more regularly.”
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|Red Sox teammates will miss Shane Victorino: ‘It will be tough seeing him go, selfishly’||at 12:48 am ET|
Shane Victorino had a vital presence in the Red Sox clubhouse all for three seasons he spent with Boston, even during the last two he saw minimal playing time in due to nagging injuries — that was the well-respected type of leader he was.
Although his Red Sox teammates know being traded is part of the business, it’s still hard seeing a player they like so much leave.
“He was a great guy,” pitcher Justin Masterson said. “Gave us some great stuff. Brought a lot of energy, from Hawaii. It was just fun to have him around. It will be tough seeing him go, selfishly. But in one sense for him, we’re kind of struggling here and he’s going to a place that is in first place.”
“Shane is a guy I played against for a long time with the Phillies, with the Red Sox. A valuable clubhouse guy,” catcher Ryan Hanigan added. “One of the best right fielders in the game. A good friend of mine and it’s tough. It’s part of this business obviously, but he’s going to missed I’m sure by the city of Boston. Anaheim is getting a good guy, for sure.”
Even though the right fielder was hitting .245 playing in 33 of 100 games due to injury this season, he was still a player most in the clubhouse looked up to.
Victorino will now play for his fourth career team. He spent his rookie season with the Padres, the next eight with the Phillies, before 53 games with the Dodgers in 2012 after being traded, followed by his last three years in Boston.
Masterson has been traded at the deadline a few times, so he knows what it’s like. The pitcher said it can be tough at first, but as a player you love being traded to a contender.
“It feels great,” Masterson said of being traded to a first-place team. “Once everything is set and done, you get to your spot, it feels great. But, it’s also hard because you have a lot of good things going on. He’d been here for a few years, have some nice things, [you’re] comfortable. Things that no matter where you go it’s hard to build those back up. That will be tough and hard on him. I love him so I wish him the best.”
|Shane Victorino breaks down, thanks Boston for giving him chance to win World Series: ‘Let’s not forget the good things’||at 12:28 am ET|
Boston will always be a part of Shane Victorino.
The veteran outfielder traded from the Red Sox to the Angels Monday afternoon for minor league infielder Josh Rutledge broke down several times in his final appearance in Boston after the Red Sox‘ 10-8 loss to the White Sox Monday night at Fenway Park.
“People doubted me in 2012 and the Red Sox gave me a chance,” Victorino said. “And to win a World Series, it’s one of those things where I have utmost respect for John Henry, Larry Lucchino, Tom [Werner], Ben and John. And more importantly, my teammates, I’m going to miss them. I think that’s the toughest part is understanding, coming to wits now, at the end of this [press] conference, is that I’m going to miss these guys. But I get to go to a place to watch some pretty good players. I got that opportunity to play against them a week ago in Anaheim and I look forward to watching a guy like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols after getting to play against them all these years. More importantly, I thank the Red Sox for giving me that opportunity.”
Victorino, who held it together for the first five minutes of his presser, was asked about being prepared for the eventuality of trade deadline week. But before he could gather himself, he broke down again in tears, pausing 15 seconds before offering up his response.
“You try to deny it,” Victorino said. “You try to overlook it. I had a discussion with my agent because things were being said and I wanted to get an update and I told him I want to stay here. I wanted to stay here. Not knowing where things were going to go, less than four hours later, you get called in in the middle of your BP session. Funny thing was before that, I saw Ben walk by on the field. I saw our assistant GM walk by. You sense something. You sense kind of that thing that I guess being around the game long enough, I walk by and less than two minutes later, getting called out of BP. As you’re on the walk in, you say to yourself what could be the situation. You hope that you get traded to a contender or a place where you can make a playoff run.
“For me, going to Anaheim, going back to the West Coast, being close to home, that’s the kind of things that remain positive in my mind. It’s not that simple. I am what I am and I am who I am. I’m bred one way. I want to win and I wanted to win another one here. I wanted to win, period, and be with these guys. But the last couple of years has been tough. Obviously, for us as players but fans, ownership and the city.
“But let’s not forget the good things. What I witnessed in my time here is they don’t want to stay in the doldrums for long. And that’s the thing that’s I’ve always respect for the Red Sox, even from afar. Every year, they try to produce great teams and try to go out there produce teams that this fan base loves. Having that opportunity to be a part of it. Obviously, these are two years that we didn’t expect and never hopes of being where we are and what happened. But, hey, we’re all part of growing up through the process.
“One of my teammates said, ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ That’s the kind of stuff I try to take in and soak in and understand that moment.”
|John Farrell: Shane Victorino felt special bond with Boston, gave ‘heart and soul’ on field||at 12:17 am ET|
Normally that would be looked at as all positives, but not for Victorino, who even with the struggles of the 2015 Red Sox was “disappointed” to be traded away.
The gritty right fielder felt a special bond with the city of Boston, especially after winning the 2013 World Series in his first year in a Red Sox uniform where his “Three Little Birds” walkup song became so famous.
“He was disappointed,” manager John Farrell said. “He didn’t want to leave in general and yet leaving — the one thing about Vic whether in Philadelphia he became very attached to Philadelphia. In similar ways he felt very attached to Boston. He’s a unique player in that sense in that he feels a bond in which the city he plays. He gives his heart and soul when he walks on the field. He takes a lot of pride in the uniform he wears for a particular city and that was the case here in a Red Sox uniform.”
Just like general manager Ben Cherington said earlier in the night, Farrell said he didn’t think the 2013 World Series win would have happened without Victorino.
“No and I think you’d say that probably about a number of players,” Farrell said. “Shane was a vital cog in our offense, certainly a Gold Glove defender in right field. Arguably played right field as well as anyone who wore a uniform. He brought energy every day. A very instinctual player. He was a main reason we won that World Series.”
The right fielder had a slash line of .294/.351/.451 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs in that 2013 season. In the playoffs he was most known for his World Series in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Tigers.
For Farrell and the Red Sox, moving on from a player like Victorino signifies the team has turned its attention towards the future as Rusney Castillo will now get regular at-bats in right field.
“Unfortunately the trade signifies a player that helped us win a World Series two years ago and when you take one of those players off this roster, you’re kind of building towards the future and that’s disappointing,” Farrell said. “We’ll miss Vic. Vic went through a lot of physical challenges here and yet every time he was on the field he gave everything he had. I’ll miss him personally, but he’s got a chance to go to a contender.”
|Red Sox trade Shane Victorino to Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge; Recall Rusney Castillo||07.27.15 at 6:07 pm ET|
And it begins.
The Red Sox traded outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for infielder Josh Rutledge. To fill Victorino’s spot in the roster, the team has recalled Rusney Castillo.
Victorino was hitting .245 in 33 games this season. He battled injuries each of the last two seasons. The right fielder’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season. He was owed $4.5 million for the rest of this season, which the Red Sox will help pay.
The Red Sox received Rutledge, who is 26 years old and was hitting .274 with the Angels’ Triple-A club. He’s played all over the infield this season, besides first base. He played three seasons with the Rockies prior to joining the Angels organization this past offseason. In 266 career games in the majors, he’s a .259 hitter.
Castillo is active for Monday’s game against the White Sox and will start in right field.
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Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.
Here is a complete look at the Red Sox lineup:
|Report: Pirates have shown interest in Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino||07.26.15 at 7:16 pm ET|
According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates have “looked into” both Napoli and Victorino.
The Pirates are currently six games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central, but lead the NL Wild Card.
‘ Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) July 26, 2015
|Closing Time: Xander Bogaerts’ walkoff single snaps Red Sox’ 8-game losing streak||07.24.15 at 10:51 pm ET|
Mookie Betts led the inning off with a walk, Brock Holt bunted him over to second and he scored on Xander Bogaerts’ single up the middle on a close play at the plate, which needed a long review to confirm Betts was indeed safe.
It was the Red Sox‘ third walkoff win of the year.
“The replay even took extra innings, seemingly,” manager John Farrell said. “We put together a very good game from the mound. The fact coming off a road trip that was a bad road trip, to come back home, walkoff a win. Bogey again, right man in the right spot. A big relief for guys who continue to grind away.”
The rally was keyed by a strike ’em out, throw ’em out double play to end the top of the 11th when Justin Masterson struck out Victor Martinez and Ryan Hanigan threw out Ian Kinsler trying to steal third.
The Tigers threatened in the eighth against reliever Junichi Tazawa as Kinsler tripled and was the go-ahead run at third, but after a long battle, Tazawa struck Yoenis Cespedes out swinging to end the threat.
“That might be the at-bat of the game,” Farrell said. “[Cespedes] is such a good RBI guy and trying to elevate some fastballs. I think it was an eight or nine pitch at-bat, which they were tied up in. Stayed up with some velocity, couple of foul balls, finally got a swing and miss. Taz has been in so many games with his back against the wall and continues to do a great job for us.”
The Red Sox had their chance to win it in the ninth inning as they had the winning run on second and Mike Napoli smoked one right back up the middle, but it went right into Al Alburquerque’s glove to end the inning.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello had his best start in quite some time, as the right-hander went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out six. He didn’t walk a batter and it was his longest start since going eight innings on June 3 against the Twins.
His six strikeouts were the most since May 16 against the Mariners and his 105 pitches were the most since his second start of the season. The one earned run was the fewest he’s allowed since he shutout the Rays over seven innings back on May 5.
“A lot of strikes by both starters and I thought tonight from the fourth inning on, Rick’s fastball was one of the best he’s had on the entire year,” Farrell said. “He was really good with his extension. I think it showed up with some swing and miss to his changeup. He was down in the strike zone, got a key double play in the fourth inning. He was very good. Even the couple of opportunities where they had runners in scoring position he was able to get a key strikeout. He and [Hanigan] was again went out and matched up and executed well.”
Detroit scored its only run against Porcello in the third inning when Kinsler singled home former Red Sox Jose Iglesias, who had doubled to leadoff in the inning.
The Red Sox responded in the bottom of the third inning when Brock Holt came through with a two-out RBI single up the middle, plating Shane Victorino who had singled earlier in the frame.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed one run over eight innings and was as impressive as Porcello, if not more.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
The Red Sox will look to snap an eight-game losing streak, coming off there winless seven-game road trip out of the All-Star break.
Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.
Here is a complete Red Sox lineup:
|Shane Victorino: ‘I want to be here at the end of my contract’||07.23.15 at 3:14 am ET|
HOUSTON — Shane Victorino wants to win. He also wants to stay.
The outfielder knows that one might very well go hand in hand with the other.
Victorino is one of the Red Sox who are playing in a contract year, leaving him as a candidate to be shipped out at the non-waiver trade deadline if the team thinks this 11-game deficit is too much to overcome.
That’s why Victorino is eyeing the next nine days as some of the most important games of his Red Sox career.
“What can we do in this however many days before the deadline? I don’t want to go anywhere,” he said. “I don’t think any of the guys in here want to go anywhere. Let’s go make it hard on [the front office].
“You look at things and say, ‘Which way am I going to be a part of?’ Am I going to make things difficult for our organization, letting them see we’re showing them signs?”
Victorino knows the Red Sox are teetering on the edge of not being able to get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to a resurgence. They dropped their seventh straight Wednesday night, and sit at 11 games under .500.
There is no guarantees that even if the Red Sox start selling, Victorino will be part of the purge. He is just coming back from injury, and there will still be about $5 million to pay from the $13.5 million the outfielder makes this season. (According to a major league source, the Mets currently aren’t eyeing Victorino despite shopping for outfielders.)
But for the 34-year-old, anything scenario that doesn’t include bolstering the current roster would offer uneasiness.
“I don’t want to see that,” he said. “I don’t want to be part of that kind of team. When I leave that’s the part I sit there and think I didn’t get to see it to the end. I want to be here at the end of my contract.
“Make it miserable for them where they’re thinking, ‘Damn, our hands our tied. What are we going to do?’
“I still plan on to this day of being here at the end. That’s what I’m focused on. I think we can do it. I know we can do it. This is it for me.”
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