Three Quality Relievers That The Red Sox Will Target At The Trade Deadline

With  Major League baseball’s 2019 All _Star game in the books, the Red Sox find themselves in second place nine games behind the Yankees. The difference this year, compared to last season, has been the pitching. In this post, we will review three relievers that may be available at the trade deadline.                                                                                                                                                                            Three Quality Relievers That The Red Sox  Will Target At The Trade Deadline                                                                                                                                                                            Brad Brach Orioles Like his former teammate Zach Britton, Brach could be the next Oriole on the chopping block.  The catch with Brach is he is under contract through next season at 9,000,000. Which means the Red Sox would have him for a year and a half.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Red Sox fans can recall that five years ago, the team sent Andrew Miller to Baltimore and in return the club receiver Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez has developed into one of the clubs most dependable starters.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Joakim Soria Soria is another candidate who could be dealt for the right price. Boston traded with Chicago three years ago that netted Chris Sale. Soria is a veteran who owed 10,000,000 dollars for next season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The White Sox of 2019 is vastly improved. It would take a quality prospect or two to acquire Soria. Soria brings value to a club fighting for a playoff spot. He has been both a setup man and reliever during his career. Despite a 1-4 record and a 4.75 ERA this year, he has 220 career saves.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Adam Conley Marlins With the Marlins once again basement dwellers, they will be a team moving players. One player, in particular, pitcher Adam Conley. Conley is flexible who can either start or relieve and would be a perfect fit for the Red Sox.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          At 1-7 and a 774 ERA this season Conley would add depth to a starting rotation or bullpen.

The Second Half The Red Sox starting pitching has been a disappointment. Chris Sale and Rick Porcello have not received the run support needed to win.

The organization has begun preliminary talks with the Mets, regarding starter Zach Wheeler. Wheeler is 6-6 and a 4.69 ERA in 2019. The other suitor is the Yankees. With the Red Sox farm system razor_ thin look for GM Brian Cashman to obtain Wheeler’s services.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Red Sox lost big shoes in losing Joe Kelly and Crag Kimbrel. Plus the injury to Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t helped. Look for GM Dave Dombrowski to make a move or two at the deadline.

The Four Teams That Will Be Fighting It Out For The 2019 American League Playoffs

With the 2019 Major League Baseball season underway here is a projection of which teams will be fighting it out in October. The 2018 Boston Red Sox are frontrunners to repeat. In this post, we will examine which team’s will be standing in Oct

Four Teams That Will Be Fighting It Out For The 2019 American League Playoffs

1st Place AL East Boston’ The World Champions had a relatively quiet offseason. General Manager Dave Dombrowski resigned World Series MVP  Steve Pearce. and starter Nathan Eovaldi.  As of last week, the organization  rewarded ace Chris Sale with a five _year contract extension

Bullpen _wise, closer Craig Kimbrel still remains a free agent.   As it stands now, the opening day closer remains veteran righthander Matt Barnes.

Offensively; Offensively the team will open the season with the same lineup as last season. Overall, in 2018 the team finished 6th in the league in home runs /208 and 1st in every other department. The only change in the lineup is catcher Sandy Leon who was released in spring training.     Wild Card Yankees; The Yankees had a successful 2018 season winning 100 games. In 2018 the Yankees landed the biggest free agent fish n Giancarlo Stanton. Apparently, Stanton was not enough as the team lost to Boston in round one of the playoffs.

This offseason the Yankees were one of the busiest in baseball. The club acquired Seattle southpaw James Paxton. Resigned JA Haap and Zach Britton. Also coming to terms were infielder Troy Tulowitzki, Outfielder Andrew McCutcheon, Infielder DJ LaMahieu pitchers Lace Lynn and Gio Gonzalez.       The Yankees will be serious challengers to the Red Sox as the club added depth to their 2019 roster. One thing is for certain they will be active at the trade deadline.

AL Central Minnesota; This may seem a long shot but the Twins are committed to winning. First_year manager  Rocco Baldelli takes a team that finished in third place a year ago with visions of a championship.

In the offseason, the Twins added CJ Cron, Nelson Cruz, and infielder Johnathan Schoop. With an established pitching staff and deep bullpen look for the club to be the surprise of the American League.

Offensively the Twins have a talented group of Max Kepler, MIguel Sano, and outfielder Byron Buxton. Despite Joe Mauer, retiring Twins fans have high hopes for a serious championship run.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             AL West Houston Astros;  The Astros won five games less than the Red Sox in2018 finishing 103-59 and a 636 winning percentage. Considering the fact that they lost starter Charlie Morton to Tampa Bay, they still have an intriguing pitching staff. Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole give the Astros a reliable one and two punch.  Collin McHugh and Brad Peacock round out the staff. As for depth, the club has two studs ready in the minors. Youngsters Josh James and Forrest Whitley should join the staff at some point

Peacock rounds out the staff. Depth_ wise, the team has two young studs in the minors. Youngsters Josh James and Forrest Whitley will be recalled at some point during the season.

The organization announced that they had resigned pitcher Justin Verlander and third baseman Alex Bregman to contract extensions. Despite losing Marwin Gonzalez in free agency, they still have plenty of punch with Jose Altuve and George Springer

Three Free Agent Pitchers Still Available That Could Help The Red Sox In 2019

The 2019 MLB Free Agency season is still very much alive. Thus far, teams have been focusing on pitching primarily relief pitching. Several examples are the Mets acquiring closer Edwin Diaz from Seattle. Relievers Zach Britton, Doug Robertson and Adam Octavio, are all signed for next season. In this article, we will discuss three pitchers still on the market who could bolster the Red Sox bullpen in 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Three Free Agent Pitchers Still Available Who Could Help The Red Sox In 2019                                                                                                                                                                 

Ryan Madson; The nine-year veteran is still one of the most attractive pitchers left on the free agent market. With the loss of setup man, Joe Kelly to the Dodgers Madson is a perfect fit.

For seven million dollars per year, Madson brings a 7-1 postseason record to the table and 1 World Series win under his belt. The Red Sox are very familiar with Madson with his World Series appearances in 2018.

Sergio Romo; If the organization cannot come to terms with Craig Kimbrel the next logical solution maybe Sergio Romo. Romo the former San Francisco Giants pitcher has an impressive 30-31 career record and 109 lifetime saves.      At, thirty- five years old Romo had an effective 2018 posting a 3-4  record and 25 saves. The price for Craig Kimbrel may be too high for the Red Sox to agree on.   Look for Romo to stay in the AL East after spending the last two seasons with Tampa Bay.

Craig Kimbrel; As free agency approaches the end of January, Craig Kimbrel is still available on the open market. The eight_ year veteran compiled a 5-2 record last season plus, 42 saves. Although Kimbrel was inconsistent in the second half he still was a valuable contributor in the postseason.

At the beginning of free agency General Manager, Dave Dombrowski presented Kimbrel with an offer. With Kimbrel seeking a six _year offer, the real picture is a two-year deal. In eight years Kimbrel has a record of 31-19 and 333 career saves.  At this stage of free agency look for Craig Kimbrel to sign elsewhere.

The Red Sox In 2019; So far, this offseason the only notable signings were pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, first baseman Stephen Pearce,. and signed league MVP Mookie Betts to a one-year contract. With free agency waning down, look for the club to add a reliever or two.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Reshaping The Red Sox Roster For the 2019 Season

Now that the Red Sox have wrapped up their fourth world championship in fifteen years it’s time to look ahead to next year. Pitching is the first issue that General Manager Dave Dombrowski needs to address this offseason. In this post, we will examine three areas that the organization reshape for the 2019 season.

Reshaping The Red Sox Roster for the 2019 season

Addressing The Pitching; The first order of business is to address the pitching staff. Currently, the team has three free agent pitchers that they need to make a decision on. Relievers Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly and Nathan Eovaldi are all free agents. Eovaldi finished the year with an impressive 6-7 record and a 3.81 ERA  after being acquired from Tampa. Eovaldi proved to be a horse in the postseason but maybe too expensive for the organization to resign.                                                                                      

As for Joe Kelly and Nathan Eovaldi look for the club to move on from both closer Craig Kimbrel and Nathan Eovaldi The team could use Kelly as the eighth inning man and promote setup man  Ryan Brasier to take over the closer’s role. In the starting pitching area,  the club may think of trading Rick Porcello and his 21,000,000  a year salary.

Depending on what direction the team goes in look for the Red Sox to be conservative this offseason. Suitable starters who would be a nice fit are Dallas Keuchel or Brett Anderson of Oakland.   Charlie Morton of the Astros would be a nice piece if the price is right.                                                                                  Regarding the bullpen department, attractive relievers are Tony Sipp of Houston. Cody Allen Of Cleveland. Also, Andrew Miller could be a possibility for the right situation.

Added depth; Aside from Brock Holt the team could use an extra role player or two. Holt who played a key role in the playoffs is the teams super sub. Some players who are free agents are Austin Jackson of Cleveland, John Jay Of Arizona.   During the season Dombrowski signed Brandon Phillips. Phillips became an instant leader in the clubhouse after being recalled from Pawtucket.  Depending on second baseman  Dustin Pedroia’s progress from knee surgery second base will be an issue that needs to be addressed.

Possible Trades; Whenever a team wins a total of 119 games fans are more than satisfied. First_ Year manager Alex Cora was one of three managers to win a World Series as a rookie manager. Look for the organization to have a quiet offseason and maintain the intensity they showed in the playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                           The Future;  The club has so far received a commitment from David Price and signed Steven Pearce to a one year Deal. Pearce was obtained midway through the season and was named World Series MVP.

Time For The Red Sox Pitching Staff To Step It Up

With game one of the ALDS scheduled tonight, it’s time for the Red Sox pitching staff to step it up. Although the team had a franchise high of 108 wins, in 2018 this is where the players earn their salary In this post, we will review three areas why the pitching staff needs to step it up.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Time For The Red Sox Pitching staff to Step It Up                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Eliminated by Houston The Past Two Years;   Although the organization  enjoyed a franchise record of 108 wins, no postseason series celebrations the past two years. The past two seasons the team has gone down in defeat at the hands of the Astros.                                                                                                                                    With free _agent signee, David Price and Chris Sale winless in a postseason series the pressure are on the team and first_ year manager Alex Cora to deliver a playoff series victory If the organization fails to get past the Yankees in round one General Manager Dave Dombrowski’s job may be in jeopardy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Red Sox Pitching Versus The Yankees, Astros and Indians;  In contrast to the Yankees, Indians, and Astros The Red Sox bullpen ranked 4th in the American League with 50 saves and a 3.75 staff ERA. Closer Craig  Kimbrel  5-1 2.74 ERA and 42 saves is the games best.                                                                                          The Indians bullpen of Cody Allen, Neil  Ramirez, and Andrew Miller are tough to beat on any given night. Houston’s Ken Giles and Roberto Osuna are one of the best in the game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       As for the starting pitching, all four teams are highly talented  Overall the edge goes to the Astros with the starting staff of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton Bostons David Price, Chris Sale, and Rick Porcello have not won in the postseason throughout their careers.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Level of Talent Compared to last season the Red Sox is better with the additions of JD Martinez, Stephen Pearce, Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.  The key for a successful postseason is to play smart and aggressive.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Decisions After PostSeason ; Regardless of the outcome of the postseason decisions could be made on Red Sox General Manager Dave Dombrowski. Although the team has qualified for the playoffs three years in a row, the organization’s farm system has very few highly ranked prospects.

Why Ian Kinsler Is An Upgrade For The Red Sox

Now that the Major League trade deadline has passed Red Sox fans should be happy, as the club traded for veteran infielder Ian Kinsler. The organization obtained Kinsler for two minor league prospects.

. In Kinsler, the club gets a quality replacement for the injured Dustin Pedroia. In this post, we will examine three areas why the Red Sox needed offense over relief pitching.

Why Ian Kinsler Is An Upgrade For The Red Sox

Upgrade Defensively
  Since the injury to Dustin Pedroia, the team has been shuffling Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt at second.  In Kinsler, the club is getting a thirteen_ year veteran. Kinsler who has a career batting average of 272 has 247 home runs and 871 runs batted in.. Defensively he has a 981 fielding percentage over a span of 8400 chances. Playing in1,719 games Kinsler is still a quality everyday player.

 Compared to Pedroia the two are similar in their style of play. Kinsler was a seventeenth round pick in 2002 while Pedroia was drafted by Boston the following year. With Pedroia out with a knee injury, the Red Sox are getting a player who the fans will hopefully appreciate like they did Pedroia.  All factors considered Kinsler is a  quality upgrade over substitutes Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez.

   Strong Bullpen

  General Manager Dave Dombrowski did not add any new arms to assist the bullpen. The club has been getting substantial contributions from All _Star closer Craig Kimbrel.


  In addition to Kimbrell Boston has been getting valuable contributions from Matt Barnes3-3-3.57, Heath Hembree 4-1 3.65, Joe Kelly 3-0 1.57, Ryan Brasier, and Tyler Thornburg.

                                                                                                                                                                            Stretch Run

 Since opening day 2018 General Manager Dave Dombrowski has been very proactive in improving the team’s roster. The club acquired veteran first baseman Steve Pearce from Toronto. Late last week the team traded for Ray’s pitcher righthander Nathan Eovaldi. In Eovaldi’s first start he shutout the Tigers on 82 pitches.

 With the best record in baseball at 75-34, Boston needs to get dependable pitching from its starters. With Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez on rehab, every start is crucial. If the team hopes to achieve success in the postseason, then it all comes down to the pitching.

Three Trade Scenarios For The Red Sox As Trade Deadline Approaches

The beauty of being a sports fan is following the trade deadline of each major sport. Primarily the trade deadline means that teams in the hunt can gain a player otherwise known as a rental. In this post, we will review three areas which hopefully the Red Sox will address on July 31st.

Three Trade Scenarios For the red sox as the Trade Deadline  Approaches

Move On From Jackie Bradley Jr

As it stands now Bradley is hitting a subpar 200 with 6 home runs and 25 runs batted in.  Make no mistake about it that he is one of the best center fielders in the game. But at the same time, he fails to deliver clutch base hits when needed. Despite the club having the best record in baseball, they will have to get key base hits from the bottom of the order if they expect to keep pace with the Yankees in the AL East..

With the organization lacking prospects Bradley is one chip with marketable trade value. One club who is in need desperately of outfielders is the Marlins. The Marlins are in dead last in the National League East  Two players who could be available are relievers Kyle Barraclough and Drew Stenkenrider.  Barraclough is ranked eighth among relievers with a 6-2 record and a 1.17 ERA, and 8 saves Stenkenrider is 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA, and 1 save.                                         ,

If Bradley continues his weak hitting the club may have no choice but to use Andrew Benintendi as the center and JD Martinez as the everyday left fielder and Mookie Betts in right field.

Help From Within

The first option that General Manager Dave Dombrowski will explore is help from within. Last season, for instance, the team acquired reliever Addison Reed from the Mets.  As it turns out the  Red Sox are in the same position this season.

One prospect to keep an eye on is southpaw Bobby Poyner. During spring training he earned a spot in the bullpen after gaining manager Alex Cora’s trust in spring training. Poyner has been up and down since the beginning of the season Since being sent to Triple _a Pawtucket he has pitched well  Two other possibilities may be left _hander Ty Buttrey and Travis Lakin: Lakin is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA at Portland while Buttrey with a 2.11 ERA at Pawtucket.

Starting Pitching

Most teams at the trade deadline would like to shore up their pitching. Clubs like the Yankees, Cubs and Indians will be active.  Teams with the deep farm systems are usually the clubs who are the most successful at the deadline.   Look for the Yankees to be one of the busiest in a couple of weeks as they are rich with Major League ready prospects.

Despite the Red Sox posting the best record in baseball, there is always a need for an additional starter. Two pitchers who may be available are  Matt Harvey of the Reds and James Shields of the White Sox. Shields is in the last year of a four_year contract and would be a  perfect fit considering his experience.                                                                                                                                                                                      As for Matt Harvey, the longtime Met was released in May, and since being claimed by the Reds he has gone 4-3 with a 3.80 ERA. If Harvey can stay healthy and regain his old form he may turn out to be the best deal on the market.

The Merry Go Round Continues On Yawkey Way

Last weeks firing of Red Sox manager John Farrell makes him the third manager to be fired in six years. Farrell, however, did take the Red Sox to their third World title in three years. Farrell also has two consecutive Eastern division titles two his credit, only to lose two years in a row to Houston.  The merry go round continues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last season however, their were several distractions that led to his firing. Unprofessional conduct from his players that resulted in upper management apologizing to the victim, certainly did not help.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Now that Farrell is gone general manager Dave Dombrowski has already been interviewing several candidates. The past week Dombrowski has interviewed Astros bench coach Alex Cora. Tigers fired manager Brad Ausmus, and has since gotten permission to interview Diamondbacks, bench coach Ron Gardenhire.                                                                                                                                                                                            Ausmus on the other hand also has managerial experience with Detroit. . At the time Dombrowski was hired   John Farrell was already the manager. The new manager will strictly be under Dombrowski’s control.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Overall, the Red Sox have a solid group of core players. The next manager has to be strict, and have fresh new ideas. The Red Sox are also a fairly young team,  with the right manage they could return to the World Series within a year or two.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lack of power was the main issue with this years  Red Sox. With the retirement of David Ortiz the Red Sox just could not find that big bat in the middle of the lineup. With a big bat and a strict manager, Boston may not be that far away.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With the firing of John Farrell the Red Sox have gone through three managers in  six years. Terry Francona was let go after a disappointing 2011 season in which the Sox blew a large lead in September.   And who could forget the immortal Bobby Valentine. Valentine had one of the worst records in the history of Red Sox managers with a record of 69-93 in 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It’s clear that the Red Sox need a tough no non sense manager  at the helm. Talent wise the Red Sox are not to far behind Houston. If the Red Sox can get the right man for the job 2018 should be a very exciting season. If not the merry go round will continue in Boston.                                                                                                                                                               .