What a difference a few days can make, eh? For an example look no further than the Chicago White Sox. Rumors had been running rampant all offseason long that the White Sox were shopping around their ace Chris Sale, but no one expected him to simply change his Sox (see what I did there?).
In one of the biggest trades in MLB history (no, that’s not an overstatement), the South Siders sent Sale to the Boston Red Sox for four minor leaguers, most notably Yoan Moncada, MLB.com’s no. 1 prospect. The massive move makes perfect sense on both sides. The White Sox are finally beginning their long-overdue rebuild and need potent young players for their future. The only true treasure the team had to offer in exchange for youngsters of that caliber is Sale. They lose their only viable pitcher but gain a hitter with unlimited potential as well as a pitcher who can potentially replace that void someday. Chicago also gained no. 30 MLB prospect Michael Kopech, who appears to be a flamethrower in the making.
The Red Sox, conversely, want to win in 2017 and need another ace pitcher to supplement David Price and reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello. The team can afford to give up the Cuban phenom Moncada because, while he is the top prospect in baseball, it is unlikely he was going to fit in the locked up Boston infield in the near future with Hanley Ramirez/Mitch Moreland at first, Dustin Pedroia at second, Xander Bogaerts at short and Pablo Sandoval at third. One could argue that the team could have turned Moncada into an outfielder like they did with Mookie Betts, but the team is also stacked there with Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr and no. 5 MLB prospect Andrew Benintendi, who undoubtedly will be with the team full-time next year. The Red Sox now have seven pitchers who will by vying for the team’s rotation come February. Besides Price, Porcello and now Sale, fellow lefties Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez and righties Clay Buchholz and Steven Wright are also in the mix.
The trade was very smart on both sides because it fits both team’s needs. The Red Sox want to repeat as AL East champs in 2017, the White Sox are looking towards their future.
The White Sox were not done there, however. A day after pulling off the Moncada/Sale blockbuster, GM Rick Hahn triggered an ever more shocking move, sending OF Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals for no. 3 MLB prospect Lucas Giolito.
Unlike the prior, this move is a total head-scratcher. Sale for Moncada is a great trade because there is equivalent value on both ends. There isn’t in this case. Don’t get me wrong, Adam Eaton is a solid defensive player who can hold his own in the batter’s box, he definitely has worth. But, a guy who has only batted .300 once is not even close to worth the top pitching prospect in baseball. The MLB world was sent into disarray over the trade. Nationals star OF Bryce Harper expressed his reaction on Twitter with one word: “wow”. Though that comment will probably land Harper in some hot water, it is definitely what the rest of the world was thinking as well, “has Nationals GM Mike Rizzo lost his mind?” Some would say so.
In one week the Chicago White Sox have gone from a team that for too long had avoided rebuilding to owning two of baseball’s top three prospects. The team has the top hitting and the top pitching prospects in the game who very well could play this season (Moncada is 21 and Giolito is 22). One thing is for sure, the White Sox are winning this offseason thus far.
Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series
Last night in the 2018 MLB World Series, it was game 2 between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 9 1/2 innings, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.
it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.
In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.
On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.
Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox
Yankees, Red Sox Negotiating London 2-Game Series
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game series in London in June 2019, according to Bloomberg’s Janet Perkins and Scott Soshnick.
Reportedly the games will be held at London Stadium, which played host to several events at the 2012 Summer Olympics, if a deal is made official.
The stadium can hold up to 65,000 fans for sporting events and if a deal is made official it will continue MLB’s trend of playing regular season games in other countries such as Japan, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico over the years.
The Yankees and Red Sox are easily among the top MLB franchises in terms of global recognition and their storied rivalry and rosters of elite players will be an easy draw for the series as MLB looks to penetrate the European market.
It could also present quite the online betting opportunity for both US and European betting sites, especially as the series kicks off. When it does, this LVbet bonus code could come in handy, especially if it will be the first time you try your hand at something like this.
“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make,” Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics. MLB has not played any games in Europe before, however, the Red Sox have played overseas in the past, including to Japan before the 2008 season.
“It’s a shorter trip than to California, right?” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who has never been to London, commented. “Let’s get the royal family out there. Maybe the queen can make an appearance.”
“It’s following the leader — the N.F.L.,” said Allen Adamson, a branding expert and an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. “It’s good for the Yankees, it’s good for Boston, and an attempt to inject some topspin into the sport, but I don’t think it mitigates the need to revitalize baseball in the United States.”
Adamson added: “It would be more interesting to play in Havana.”
The Yankees are in a business partnership with Manchester City F.C, so they are very familiar with the European sports landscape and the audience, and fans, that attend events across the pond.
MLB is trying to follow in the NFL’s footsteps, as both are chasing the NBA who have spearheaded the efforts to globalize their game.
The Waiting Game Continues For The Red Sox And JD Martinez
The Boston Red Sox haven’t made any significant roster moves this offseason with Spring Training less than a month away. Sure, they’ve revamped their coaching staff and have a new manager, but as far as players go? No new names; essentially the same roster as 2017.
A good way to describe Boston’s offseason would be the sound of crickets chirping.
However, things could change at any moment for the Red Sox and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. He’s waited this long; he can wait a little longer. Everyone knows that there’s only one man Dombrowski’s after; and that is- of course- free agent slugger JD Martinez.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney this afternoon, the Red Sox have offered Martinez a deal “in the range” of five years at $100 million.
Source: Boston's offer to J.D. Martinez is in the range of five years, $100 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 17, 2018
At the start of the offseason, Martinez’s asking price was reportedly in the range of $200 million; Boston’s offer is half of that.
Boston needs a power bat in their lineup, and Martinez fills that void. The Red Sox finished fourth-to-last in the majors and last in the American League with 168 homers in 2017, a year that saw MLB set a new record with 6,105 dingers; it was also the first time since 1993 that the Red Sox finished last in the AL in homers. A total power outage!
Long story short, Dombrowski needs to acquire Martinez. Considering he’s yet to make a move to respond to the New York Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton, the pressure is starting to build up for Dombrowski to show Martinez the money.
Martinez, 30, recently said he’s willing to wait until Spring Training to sign a deal with a new club.
The 6’3” Martinez bashed 45 homers in just 432 at-bats in 2017- one every less than 10 at-bats to go along with 104 RBIs. Not even a full season! His slash line was .303/.376/.690 split between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Had Martinez finished with enough plate appearances to qualify, he all but certainly would’ve finished first in MLB in slugging percentage and OPS.
Those type of numbers in a contract year? Nothing but basic economics; that’s how you get PAID!
If Dombrowski doesn’t land Martinez- and assuming no blockbuster trade will be made before the season starts- it will be a wasted offseason for the Red Sox. They’ll have the same mediocre lineup which isn’t good enough to win in October. There will be no Stanton, no Carlos Santana, or no Eric Hosmer for that matter. Those three weren’t good enough for Dombrowski this offseason, and so Martinez is what’s left- not counting other current free agents like Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Todd Frazier- none of whom are on Dombrowski’s radar.
The time is now for Dombrowski to make a move. And by move, I mean sign Martinez. He’s in the prime of his career, made for Fenway Park, and made to give a lackluster Red Sox offense a spark that it so badly needs.
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