Things have worked out pretty well for the Boston Red Sox this offseason. The team traded away the MLB’s no.1 prospect in December, and they still own the best prospect in baseball. The MLB updated its Top 100 Prospects list (“The Pipeline) on Saturday, and it saw Yoan Moncada fall back to the no.2 overall spot. Ironically, it was to his 2016 teammate with the Red Sox, Andrew Benintendi.
When one thinks of it, the update makes sense. Benintendi was in the no.5 spot on this list in 2016 when the Red Sox promoted him to the Majors without any Triple-A experience. Many believed the 22-year-old was not ready and that Boston was rushing him too quickly, but Benintendi was highly impressive in left field and gave the Sox a spark that helped propel them to the AL East title. Benintendi missed time with a knee injury, but still batted .295 with 14 RBI in 34 games and played very good defense. He did not exceed 130 at-bats and was not granted rookie status.
After securing the AL East crown, the Red Sox brought Moncada up as well. Though he too had not yet been in Triple-A, the Cuban phenom was expected to shine, but he surprisingly didn’t. The 21-year-old recorded just four hits in 19 at-bats and drove in only one. Many perceived that Boston would perhaps add Moncada to bolster their postseason roster like they did with then 20-year-old Xander Bogaerts in 2013, but his poor showing prevented that from happening and he was reassigned to the Minors.
Now don’t get me wrong, Moncada’s first MLB cup of coffee not going well does not make him a bust. After all, he’s only four months older than I am and I can’t imagine myself in his position. The reason for the difference in performances between the two could simply be that Benintendi is more suited to the North American style of the game, to which all foreign players must adjust to succeed. It could be that Moncada simply hasn’t completed that yet, 2016 was his first year in the League and he likely just needs more time. The White Sox gave up their franchise pitcher Chris Sale in order to get Moncada from the Red Sox, and there is still no doubt that he will become their franchise player one day.
As far as the rest of the Pipeline update went, Dansby Swanson of the Braves remains at no.4 and Gleyber Torres of the Yankees jumped from no. 17 to no.3. Former no.2 JP Crawford of the Phillies fell to no. 7 and Alex Reyes of the Cardinals supplanted Lucas Giolito of the White Sox as the top ranked pitcher (no.6 overall). Giolito is now at no. 12 and no.3 on the RHP list. The top 10 now looks like this;
- Andrew Benintendi- OF- Red Sox. 2. Yoan Moncada- 2B- White Sox. 3. Gleyber Torres- SS- Yankees. 4. Dansby Swanson- SS- Braves. 5. Amed Rosario- SS- Mets. 6. Alex Reyes- RHP- Cardinals. 7. JP Crawford- SS- Phillies. 8. Victor Robles- OF- Nationals. 9. Tyler Glasnow- RHP- Pirates. 10. Austin Meadows- OF- Pirates.
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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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