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The Pablo Sandoval-Boston Red Sox Experiment Was an Unmitigated Disaster

15 Julio 2017, 02:13 | Bibiana Flor


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Nevertheless, Kelly has not yet pitched a full season in the bullpen and manager John Farrell has been careful to avoid the righty on consecutive days given the velocity at which he throws. Tom Yawkey was worth $30 million in 1933 when he bought the Red Sox. Cooper's numbers at Triple-A prior to the trade should be taken with a grain of salt as he was playing for Colorado Springs in the notoriously hitter-friendly PCL, but the combination of power and opportunity - he should get an extended look at first base - makes the 26-year-old appealing in deeper formats right away. But hey, if Bobby Evans and company want to take a sentimental flier on Sandoval, they may decide to do so.

Boston lefty Drew Pomeranz (9-4, 3.60 ERA) has really come on lately to become one of the top starters in the team's pitching rotation. Despite his weight concerns, he vowed to quiet the doubters with his bat and glove.

But Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin have provided stability at third base. Boston trounced the Texas Rangers 11-4 for its sixth straight win while the Yankees dropped four games back with a 3-1 loss to the lowly Blue Jays. Instead, they were able to move on.

Sandoval hit.245 with 10 homers in his first year with the Red Sox, posting career lows in nearly every offensive category. If it were up to me, I would approve of the St. Louis Cardinals sending Matt Carpenter to the Red Sox.

Is this the best option for the Red Sox? "But I would also say, just like anything else, we're open-minded to getting better at any spot we can". If free agency is the price a team pays for not developing a homegrown solution, a homegrown solution is also the get-out-of-jail-free card when a free agent signing goes bad.

Perhaps the biggest lesson is that it's OK to wait. New York is 4-8 in its last 12 games at Fenway Park. The Red Sox needed a third baseman, preferably one that could hit from the left side.

Third was Sam Kennedy's quote on WEEI yesterday. He's continued to do it here. That was a real red flag. You saw it in 2004, 2007 and 2013.

That lack of respect was multiplied after I finished writing a book on the history of the Yankees.

The "it" in this case is what baseball historians have referred to as The Boston Massacre, of which there have been two at the hands of the Yankees.

The bigger question is the trade deadline.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Red Sox are -135 money line favorites versus the Yankees, who have odds of +125 to pull off the upset in Boston.

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