Poor Offseason Resulting In Little Improvement For 2021 Red Sox

The 2021 MLB free agency is at the mid_way point The Red Sox are having a poor 2021 offseason that is resulting in little improvement. General Manager Chaim Bloom continues to make low_ end deals that will not improve the club. With Toronto and New York getting better,. the organization has disappointed fans. In this post, we will review what direction the club is going in.

Relying On its Farm System

Since the millennial, the Red Sox have pulled off four World Championships. In order to achieve this, the team had to give up prospects. In 2013, the club acquired pitcher Jake Peavy at the trade deadline for prospects.

In 2016, the team gave up legitimate prospects and traded for pitching ace Chris Sale from Chicago. Since the cupboard has gone bare and now, they are restocking the system.

Since Chaim Bloom took over, the organization’s farm system has been climbing back toward respectability. Baseball America has three of the club’s prospects ranked in the top 100.

Team Has Promising Pitching Prospects On The Horizon

The past couple of year’s Red Sox fans have seen the development of talented young pitchers. In 2020 the team recalled starter Tanner Houck. Houck responded by going 2-0 and recorded a shutout. Houck was the team’s number one draft pick in 2017. A burly right_hander who throws in the mid to high nineties. Expect Houck to compete for a starting pitching spot in spring training.

Other names to watch are Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor. Taylor is a key member of the Red Sox bullpen. Two more prospects are Brian Matta and Noah Song. Song They drafted him in 2019, out of the Naval Academy. Matta is the club’s number one international prospect. They selected in the 2016 draft class out of Venezuela.

Alex Cora Rehired As Sox Manager

The organization rehired former manager Alex Cora as manager over the winter. Cora, as fans recall, parted ways after the so_called cheating scandal during the 2018 World Series.

Cora has a reputation for working well with young players. He is a great fit for the current team.

Conclusion

There is plenty of work ahead, Jackie Bradley remains on the open market. The second base position is still vacant. Adding a starting pitcher is also a priority. With only Hunter Renfroe, pitcher Mike Andriese, and Martin Perez will not get it done. At this rate, Red Sox fans may be in for a long 2021 season.

Celtics Making A Statement In the NBA East

The Celtics are making a statement in the NBA East. Saturday the team learned Jayson Tatum needs quarantine for fourteen days. Tatum has been the team’s best player up until now. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the team still has a good chance to gain the first seed in the NBA East.

Payton Prtichard,/ Tacko Fall,/Robert Williams Contributing,Leading Celtics

With half the team sidelined, the Celtics are making a statement in the NBA East. With Jayson Tatum in quarantine, the club has gotten valuable contributions from all three. In a recent game rookie, Payton Pritchard scored the game_winner over Toronto. Center Tacko Fall brings a strong physical presence to the front line.

Rookie Payton Pritchard has started all ten games for the Celtics. Teammate Aaron Nesmith has also impressed the coaches with his shooting but has appeared in only 3 games. The young Celtics are playing at a high energy level. The club is tied for first place in the NBA East. Rookie Payton Pritchard has been one of the reasons for the team’s fast start.

Team Dealing With Multiple Coved Issues

Despite the club having multiple Coved issues, their record is 7-3. The club has been playing well at home and on the road. Point guard Kemba Walker is close to a return. He has been practicing with the team. Sophomore guard Romeo Langford continues to miss significant time.

First place Indiana, continues to stay ahead of second_ place Philadelphia and Third place Boston. If the Celtics hope to gain the first seed in the East then they need Kemba Walker and Tristan Thompson healthy.

Overall, Boston’s bench has kept them in the hunt. Center Tacko Fall has been impressive with his defense and shot _blocking.

Conclusion

With Jayson Tatum out, the Celtics will turn to Tacko Fall to get his minutes. The Celtics have Grant Williams, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Robert Williams, and Semi Ojeleye have all tested positive.

The team’s New year’s resolution is to stay healthy. For such a talented team as the Celtics, everybody needs to be healthy for a significant playoff run.