What would a potential Giancarlo Stanton trade look like for the #RedSox?

With the MLB season offically ending tonight or tomorrow night, I thought I’d preview something that should get a lot of people talking this winter: Giancarlo Stanton. From what I’ve seen, heard and read, it doesn’t look like the Marlins, led by Derek Jeter, are too keen on retaining Stanton going into 2018. With that said, it has been reported that the Marlins slugger would have several suitors in the trade market. The Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, Phillies, and Yankees have all been rumored to be interested. The team that has garnered the most interest though, if not the Giants, would be the Boston Red Sox. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is notorious for making big moves during the baseball offseason, and acquiring Stanton would be no different.

Stanton would join the likes of Craig Kimbrel and Chris Sale as big name players Dombrowski has acquired via trade just since joining the Red Sox in 2015. If Stanton were to come to Boston, what kind of package would that take to get him here? Since he is under contract until 2028, I would expect him to be here for the duration of that time. He has the option to opt out after 2020, but there is no reason to believe that will happen given how much Stanton will make after that. Up until this point, Stanton has not made more than $14.5 million in one season. Starting in 2018, Stanton will earn at least $25 million a year for the next ten seasons. With all this in mind, let’s go over some potential deals that could bring Stanton to Boston.

Deal #1:
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Majority of Stanton’s contract

Marlins acquire:
Andrew Benintendi
Midlevel prospect(s)

If the Marlins are more concerned about cutting payroll instead of reloading their farm system, this trade seems like a good option. The Red Sox take on most if not all of Stanton’s contract while also replacing Andrew Benintendi in the outfield. The Marlins also get a young outfielder who has already proven he can handle a place like Boston while also being a productive player. It’s too early to say if Benny is a guy a team can build around, but he’s a nice piece regardless.

Deal #2:
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Responsibility of half of Stanton’s contract

Marlins acquire:
Rafael Devers
Tanner Houck
Daniel Flores

If the Marlins are more concerned about restocking their farm system, then this trade could work. The Red Sox may have to give up more in this scenario, but at least they do not have to take on all of Stanton’s contract. The Marlins are also getting a future stud ofย  a third baseman to go along with two of the best prospects in the Red Sox farm system.

Deal #3
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Justin Bour
JT Realmuto

Marlins acquire:
Andrew Benintendi
Sam Travis
Christian Vazquez
Daniel Flores
Jalen Beeks
Bobby Dalbec

You wanna get nuts? I can get nuts. In this scenario, the Red Sox would be acquiring the three best players on last years Marlins team not named Yelich or Ozuna. Realmuto and Vazquez are essentially a wash, and Bour would take over as the every day first baseman with Travis and Moreland gone. The Red Sox would have to give up a lot more though, and this trade would elevate the Marlins farm system nicely.

Come December, some big moves could be made. On December 1, 2015, the Red Sox agreed to a deal with David Price, then the best starter on the free agent market. On December 6, 2016, the Red Sox acquired Chris Sale from the White Sox in a blockbuster trade. Will more of these big splashes happen in just over a month? We’ll have to wait and see.

The #RedSox have officially hired Alex Cora as their 47th manager.

After weeks of speculation, the Red Sox have officially named Alex Cora as their manager for 2018. The announcement was made official this afternoon, as Cora has inked a three-year deal with the club. Cora, who spent the better part of four seasons with Boston from 2005 to 2008, will look to tap into this teams full potential. Inking a three-year deal, the 42-year-old will not have too long of an adjustment period with his “new” team. The only player who remains from his playing days in Boston would be none other than Dustin Pedroia. The two won a World Series together back in 2007, and I’m sure that’s the type of attitude and Culture Cora will want to instill here.

Acquired back on July 7, 2005 for Ramon Vazquez, Cora proved to be valuable to the Red Sox despite never playing all that much. In the 301 regular season games he appeared in for the Red Sox, the infielder hit .252 with 6 HRs and 61 RBIs.

Known as one of the best baseball minds in the game, Cora began coaching with the Houston Astros at the beginning of this season under AJ Hinch. Ever since John Farrell was relieved of his managing duties, Cora was the heavy favorite to replace him. There were rumors that Ron Gardenhire would be the choice, but he has already signed with the Detroit Tigers to be their new manager.

Personally, I’m excited by this move. I remember liking Cora when he played here, he helped Dustin Pedroia get to where he is today. He could have been selfish and not wanted a rookie to take his job, but he was key in developing Pedroia back in 2007 and 2008. It appears that Cora is a better communicator than Farrell, and he may understand more since he has not been out of the game as a player for too long. I’m not saying this move guarantees a championship next year, but it definitely helps.

How did this #RedSox team meet your expectations?

With 2017 in the books, I thought I would share some of my thoughts from this postseason. To keep it simple, I’ll go over the good parts, the bad parts, and the ugly parts. Ready? Let’s go.

The Good:

Chris Sale

Craig Kimbrel

Bullpen David Price

Christian Vazquez

Rafael Devers

Andrew Benintendi

Eduardo Nunez

The bullpen

The Bad:

Xander Bogaerts

Hanley Ramirez

Sandy Leon

Chris Young

Rick Porcello

John Farrell losing his job

The Ugly:

David Price and the media

Apple watches

Manny Machado

Pablo Sandoval

Fan treatment of Dustin Pedroia

Overall, this team fell short of the ultimate goal. From the flu in April, to 21-21 in May, to Pablo Sandoval being DFA’d, to Apple watches, to losing to the Astros in four games. They were built for a championship, but they couldn’t even get out of the first round. That’s part of the reason John Farrell was fired, and that’s why Dave Dombrowski has some work to do this summer. To make things worse, the Yankees are going to the ALCS, yup, a team that was supposed to be in a rebuild made it further into the postseason than the Red Sox. Hopefully, that’s enough to motivate Dombrowski to make some moves. Giancarlo Stanton? JD Martinez? We’ll see.

The #RedSox have decided to move on from John Farrell.

Folks, it happened. At long last, after way too much speculation, John Farrell is no longer the manager of the Boston Red Sox. Recently, I haven’t been too hard on Farrell, I actually think he has done a decent job. That’s the key word, DECENT, not great. Dave Dombrowski has gone out and gotten two of the best starting pitchers of this decade and the Red Sox have yet to get out of the first round of the playoffs. That’s a problem, and I’m not saying Dombrowski has done an excellent job either, but the manager deserves to take some of the blame.

As I have watched this team over the past two seasons, I feel like this team has never reached their full potential. It’s been tough to win the division in back-to-back seasons and I don’t think there is any excuse for this. You see teams like the Astros and Indians clinch in the middle of September, then you look at the Red Sox and how it took until the second to last game of the season to clinch. That should not be the case with this talented of a team. Whoever is next is really going to have to know how to get the most out of his guys, because I don’t think John Farrell did that. 2013 was nice, but John Farrell is not the main reason they won that year, that’s a fact.

So, who will be the next manager of the Red Sox you say? Well, it’s hard to say. In my opinion, Alex Cora is the most attractive option. Not only has he played in Boston, but he seems to be regarded as one of the best baseball minds in the game while coaching with the Astros. Brad Ausmus is another, far less attractive option. The only reason to throw his name out there is because of the connection to Dave Dombrowski. Could they go in-house and hire Gary Disarcina or Jason Varitek? Perhaps. Tek seems to be the fan favorite right now, but I would prefer if it were not him. Say he struggles and gets scrutinized by the media here, doesn’t that dirty the great reputation he had here during his playing career? He might not even be ready to fully commit himself to something like that, I have no idea. Personally, my top choice would be Cora, could do great things here if he can tap into this teams full potential, which is World Series titles, of course.

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RECAP: Astros end #RedSox season with narrow 5-4 win.

Well, that’s it, the season is over. What looked so promising just a few hours ago ended in disappointment. The Red Sox had the lead in this game going into the eighth inning, but they could not hold on.

Once again, the starting pitching was abysmal, with Rick Porcello only lasting three full innings before getting saved by Chris Sale. In that span, Porcello surrendered two runs on five hits, three walks, and a hit batsman to go along with four strikeouts. Allowing nine guys to reach base while only being able to record nine outs is far from spectacular, especially if you take into account that he needed 70 pitches to do so. Like I said though, Chris Sale stepped up like David Price did yesterday. He took things over in the fourth inning and was nails until the eighth. Four innings pitched, two walks, and six strikeouts from the fourth until the seventh. Did they stretch him too far? Maybe, but I didn’t have a problem letting Sale start the eighth. Unfortunately, he was running out of gas, and the Astros took advantage of it. Alex Bregman tied the game by taking Sale deep on a 2-1 changeup and the air was taken out of Fenway Park. Craig Kimbrel would come on with two outs in the inning, and that marked the beginning of the end. A George Springer walk put runners on first and second with two outs and Josh Reddick at the plate. The former Red Sox farm hand drove in the go-ahead run on an RBI single to left, essentially ending his former team’s season.

Carlos Beltran drove in another run in the ninth, which proved to make a difference given what Rafael Devers in the bottom half of the inning. All and all, when we needed him most, Craig Kimbrel basically disappeared. The flamethrower did not make many big pitches tonight, nor did he prove effective in his first meaningful action of this series. It was only one run, but that matters too much in the postseason to go untouched.

On the other side of things, Charlie Morton wasn’t too good either. He was charged with two runs in 4.1 innings he pitched, though he only allowed one run while he was on the mound. That run came early for the Red Sox, as Xander Bogaerts hit his first and only home run of the postseason in the first.

The second run was charged in part because of Justin Verlander. Surprisingly, Astros manager decided to make like the Red Sox and roll with his best starter out of the bullpen. Andrew Benintendi introduced him to the new role by taking him deep to right field for a two-run home run, giving his team a 3-2 lead.

I was really feeling it after this. I was already thinking about Game 5 in Houston on Wednesday when I shouldn’t have been. That was the only hit Verlander allowed and he definitely deserved that W he picked up.

The Astros closer Ken Giles came on after Verlander responsible for the last six outs of the game and ending the Red Sox season. He got them in order in the eighth, but the ninth got very interesting. Rafael Devers led off the inning with an inside the park home run in one of the most surprising plays these eyes have seen.

Unfortunately, the next three batters could not do anything against Giles and Dustin Pedroia ended the season with a ground out.

I forgot to mention it before, but John Farrell was ejected from this game arguing balls and strikes in the second. Also, Brian Butterfield pretty much cost the Red Sox a run in the third by sending Mitch Moreland home when he should not have. If these two things don’t happen who knows how this game goes.

With all that out-of-the-way and the season coming to an end, Dave Dombrowski has a lot to consider this offseason. Does John Farrell remain manager? Do they go after Giancarlo Stanton? JD Martinez? Resign Mitch Moreland? Eduardo Nunez? Only time will tell. Should be a long offseason, wish it could have been a little shorter.

As for me, I’ll have a few blogs coming this week recapping the year and what to expect this offseason. Thanks for a great season, I had a lot of fun doing this.

RECAP: David Price comes through in big spot as #RedSox stave off elimination with 10-3 victory.

Win or go home. That was the mindset the Red Sox had to have coming into today’s game against the Astros. Doug Fister got the start, and there were reasons to be confident given how good his postseason numbers are. Unfortunately, that’s not how things went for Fister as he only lasted 1.1 innings before being taken out. In that span, the Astros scored three times, all in the first inning. Once again, Carlos Correa hit a first inning home run, marking the third straight game the Astros had done so.

Honestly, I thought the game was over after that home run. It just got over the center field wall and the first thing I thought was, “here we go again.” Luckily though, things did not spiral out of control for the Red Sox. Joe Kelly picked up the win by getting out of the second thanks to Mookie Betts…

…and pitching a clean third inning. This made way for David Price to pitch for the first time since Friday, and he was really something else. Four complete innings to go along with four strikeouts in the lefty’s most important performance of the season. We all know about the problems Price has had in the postseason, but he looked like a different guy today. I was surprised they stretched him out for so long, and with 53 pitches today, there’s no way he pitches tomorrow. I do love what he had to say after the game, though:

The remainder of the game was wrapped up by Addison Reed and Carson Smith, who bounced back nicely from Friday’s game with two scoreless innings.

Offensively, the Red Sox showed approximately five times more life then they did in Houston. The funny thing is, all the run production came from the bottom half of the lineup. Batters 1-4 went a combined 3 for 18 with two runs scored while batters 5-9 went a combined 12 for 20 with eight runs scored and all 10 RBIs. In an inning where they easily could have scored more runs, Sandy Leon got the Red Sox scoring started in the second with an RBI single. Hanley Ramirez followed this up with an RBI single next inning, and the lead was cut to one run. After Brad Peacock was taken out of the game in favor of Francisco Liriano, Rafael Devers had a moment. On an 0-1 slider, Devers mashed his first career postseason home run into the bleachers, giving his team the lead.

The bats would take a short break, but they really turned it on in the seventh. Hanley and Devers continued their great days with some more RBI hits, and Jackie Bradley Jr. secured the W with a three-run home run off of Joe Musgrove.

One thing I found interesting was how much Hanley Ramirez was into this game. Over the span of this past season, we’ve rarely seen Hanley this fired up, but it’s been much more noticeable since last Thursday. I mean…look at that intensity.

This is what the Red Sox need. They needed their guys to step up and that is exactly what happened tonight. Rick Porcello faces off against Charlie Morton tomorrow afternoon. Another do or die game, I expect them to play just as they did today.

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RECAP: Drew Pomeranz allows two home runs as #RedSox fall to Astros 8-2 again.

On a day they needed to bounce back in a big way, the Red Sox did just the opposite. Drew Pomeranz made his first career postseason start, and he was worse than Chris Sale on Thursday. Like Sale, he gave up a home run in the first inning, this one off the bat of Carlos Correa, and that gave the Astros an early 2-0 lead. Later in the third, the lefty allowed another two runs, the first coming from a George Springer solo shot, and the second run coming on a Jose Altuve RBI single. That would be all for Pomeranz, and the bullpen did not do anything to help in relief. Carson Smith introduced himself by walking the first two batters he faced, and the Astros easily could have scored off of Smith if it were not for Deven Marrero’s great catch at third. The best part of this game was David Price. The lefty came in after Smith and looked great in the 2.2 innings he pitched, only allowing one hit while walking Jose Altuve intentionally. When Price left the game though, that’s when things got away. Eduardo Rodriguez and Addison Reed combined to allow four runs on three hits and a walk in the sixth, and that put the final nail in the coffin for this game.

On the other side of things, the offense could only muster two runs for the second day in a row. Another Cy Young Award winner, Dallas Keuchel, held the Red Sox bats in check in the five and two-thirds innings he pitched. The only run they could score off of him looked meaningful at the time when Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in Chris Young on an RBI single. That cut the lead in half, but the Red Sox could not capitalize on the early scoring opportunities that were presented to them. The only other scoring play came in the ninth on another Jackie Bradley Jr. RBI single. So, at the very least, JBJ may be coming out of that slump he was in to end the regular season.

Doug Fister gets the ball tomorrow for Game 3 against Brad Peacock. Last time out against the Red Sox, Peacock only allowed two runs in five innings. With their backs against the wall, I expect to see some desperation out of this team with the best players in the lineup. Not Chris Young, not Deven Marrero, nope. Rafael Devers and Hanley Ramirez have to be in there. It sounds like Mookie Betts is okay after being removed from the game yesterday. They’re going to need the Doug Fister we saw in Cleveland back in August if they want to win this game. Should be interesting to say the least.

0 down, 11 to go.