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Drellich: Dombrowski found the real deal(s) last offseason

Drellich: Dombrowski found the real deal(s) last offseason

Between Chris Sale and Mitch Moreland, the early returns on the Red Sox’ winter moves have been overwhelmingly positive, even with Tyler Thornburg’s Red Sox debut somewhere a galaxy far away.

Yoan Moncada is raking at Triple-A Charlotte for the White Sox. He’s hitting .314 with a .407 on-base percentage, .569 slugging percentage and four home runs. Michael Kopech has 20 strikeouts and 10 walks in 12 innings at Double-A for Chicago, with a .182 batting average against.

And if any Red Sox fan sits there watching Sale with a tiny tear in their eye for those departed prospects, they’ve officially been deranged by the Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

Sale has to stay healthy and effective, of course. But everything the Red Sox wanted Sale to be -- and everything they wanted David Price to be -- he's exceeded through four starts.

Per FanGraphs’ wins above replacement, Moreland has been the 25th most valuable position player in the majors, at 0.7 wins. (Eric Thames of the Brewers, whom the Red Sox heavily scouted but did not go after, is tops at 1.6 wins.)

Moreland could be looking at a lot more than $5.5 million, the amount of his current deal, next winter. Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski actually found a bargain, it seems. Don’t tell him, it might upset him.

Sale, unsurprisingly, has been the most valuable pitcher anywhere, at 1.5. The second-place pitcher goes by Thor -- Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, at 1.4.

It’s strange to think that the Thornburg deal, the lesser of Dombrowski’s two trades at the winter meetings, is the one that stings, but it also makes perfect sense.

As another team’s executive pointed out, Dombrowski keeps picking up relievers at their peak value, and it’s not a good idea.

But the fact that Thornburg hasn’t even thrown off a mound yet as he returns from a shoulder impingement is what hurts most. The Red Sox gave up something and have thus far gotten nothing.

Travis Shaw was streaky and had every chance to prove himself for the 2016 Red Sox. He didn’t do it. He already has four home runs for Milwaukee, although his OBP is just .297.

Mauricio Dubon, a shortstop prospect traded in the deal, is off to an okay start at Double-A for the Brewers, hitting .278/.316/.352 with one homer. Righty Josh Pennington is in extended spring training.

Dombrowski also let Koji Uehara walk, but he still has an effective bullpen -- one that’s probably outperforming reality right now but nonetheless carries the fourth lowest ERA in the majors, 2.29.

How do you know everything is turning up Dombrowski right now? He could never build a bullpen in Detroit, and the Tigers still can’t in his absence. They have a 6.85 ERA, the worst in the majors.

Uehara’s allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings for the Cubs, by the way. Junichi Tazawa’s allowed four runs in the same number of innings for the Marlins.

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”