On Tuesday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox announced via Twitter that, “The
#RedSox today selected 1B Sam Travis to the active ML roster from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned RHP Hector Velázquez to Pawtucket.”
Now, does this move really help the Red Sox logistically? No, because Mitch Moreland is the full-time first baseman and Travis should be getting full time at bats in Pawtucket. But, do I hate this move? Not really. With all this John Farrell on the hot seat talk, it makes sense that the Red Sox would do something like this. I wish it was Rafael Devers, since they need help at third, but he’s probably not ready for Major League at bats yet. Anyway, Travis has hit pretty well at every level he’s played at. In 2017, Travis is hitting a solid .286 while maintaining an OPS of .805. The power has never been there for Travis, as he only has 26 career home runs in 278 career minor league games. I’m interested to see how much playing time Travis gets because I doubt Farrell wants to cut into Moreland’s AB’s. I’m fairly certain he won’t be up too long, probably by the end of the home stand.
By the way, if John Farrell’s managing techniques are causing a toxic environment in the clubhouse, he should probably get the boot, just my opinion.