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Drellich: Price would do more for teammates by winning, not yelling

Drellich: Price would do more for teammates by winning, not yelling

NEW YORK — Thin skin, thinner performances. 

What, if anything, did David Price actually accomplish in New York?

It is possible the Red Sox lefty earned greater respect from teammates because he loudly and obnoxiously handled media members, including this one. Because he put on a little show for some in the clubhouse. 


If he wanted complete privacy while airing out complaints with a reporter, he could have found it. He didn’t seek it. 

A few curse words — who knows, maybe they’re followed by a few high fives from some teammates. 

Us vs. them, right?

But the us-vs.-them that really matters, or should matter, for an ace is beating American League East opponents. It’s winning rubber matches against the first-place Yankees.

In discussing Price and his media confrontations before Thursday’s game, Sox manager John Farrell highlighted Price’s role in his clubhouse.

"Here’s the thing, David Price is one hell of a teammate,” Farrell said in his daily pre-game press conference. “He’s a very strong competitor. The support he gives his teammates in the clubhouse and that dugout is outstanding. And it’s returned to him. I think he genuinely appreciates competing with the Red Sox, the city of Boston and going out and working with his teammates to compete to win a championship.”

Farrell echoed a similar sentiment in a conversation with the Globe’s Nick Cafardo

“That’s a situation that’s clearly between he and Evan,” Farrell told Cafardo separately on Thursday. “David is a great teammate. He’s a strong, strong competitor and does his job the best he can.”

So ripping media members is about being a good teammate?

It’s hard to fathom that every person in the Sox clubhouse thinks Price’s unrelenting, self-created drama is beneficial for the ultimate goal of, you know, winning.

Gary Sanchez, who homered twice off Price in a 9-1 loss, is the competition that matters most. Not the people with the pens and microphones.

Teammates probably would have chosen support on the mound rather than verbal support in a visiting clubhouse hallway, if given a choice.

When asked if Wednesday night affected his performance Thursday, Price said absolutely not. It’s irrelevant, in a way. Price looks bad, whether there’s any actual correlation between how angry he was a night before he lasted just five innings and allowed six runs.

Brush back beat writers and columnists, then kneel before the Bronx Bombers.

The ace might have given his teammates something they valued in New York. It wasn’t what they needed most.

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“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," 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. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.


Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

Blake Swihart’s strong spring seems to have the Red Sox more inclined to deal one of their natural utility infielders, such as Brock Holt or Deven Marrero, rather than Swihart, a converted catcher with high upside who's getting a look in other roles.
"Sounds like they’re holding Swihart to open," a rival executive said. "More likely to move a utility guy."
A true utility guy, that is.


The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported Sunday that Marrero has been drawing interest from other teams.

"We do have depth with our middle infielders," Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday. "However, [I] would not get into potential trade discussions."
Swihart, who turns 26 on April 3, is most valuable as a catcher. But he could still be useful in a bench role for the 2018 Red Sox, and a win-now mentality may be the driving force here. (It is possible, as well, that there is nothing available via trade for Swihart that has piqued the Sox’ interest. Marrero or Holt wouldn’t require as much in return.)
The potential drawback is that Swihart won’t grow much if he’s not playing every day -- and in particular, if he's not catching every day. But the Sox may be be at a juncture where they feel his bat is a worthwhile experiment off the bench, at least for this season. They can figure out his future -- and their future at backstop -- later.
"He’s a great athlete," Cora told reporters on Sunday. "We’ve seen it in the batter’s box. It’s not only the results, but the way he’s driving the ball to left field as a left-hander, the quality of at-bats as a right-hander. [On Saturday], as a pinch-hitter, that kid was throwing 99 and he throws a breaking ball and squares a ball up."
Swihart entered Monday with a .283 average in Grapefruit League play, with a .905 OPS and a pair of home runs. But he does not have the infield experience that Marrero or Holt has, and the Red Sox essentially have to carry one of those two to start the year. 
Eduardo Nunez, the temporary replacement for Dustin Pedroia, is coming off a knee injury, and a sure-handed infielder -- Marrero’s glove is particularly good -- is a must. Rafael Devers is still coming into his own at third base. 
Tzu-Wei Lin is available in the minors too, and the Sox could see some redundancy with him, Holt and Marrero. Lin, unlike Marrero, has minor league options remaining. Lin also has some limited outfield experience.
The way the Sox roster looks now, they have two spots available for the three guys: Marrero, Holt and Swihart. Health can change that. Holt, despite being the most veteran of the group, has minor league options remaining, so he theoretically could go to Triple-A to start the season. But if the Sox don't see a role for him on this year's team any way, they'd be wiser trading him, considering he's due to make $2.225 million. It also would be the kindest choice for Holt, to let him have an opportunity elsewhere, if one exists.


Swihart has played first base, third base and left field in addition to catching this spring. Perhaps, in time, there will be a way to work Swihart in behind the plate for the Sox. At the least, retaining him would be insurance if Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon do not perform well offensively.
There was a clear personal-catcher system for the Red Sox in 2017. Leon was Chris Sale’s guy, for example. Manager Alex Cora said he is not taking that approach. As an auxiliary effect, moving away from a personal-catcher system might make it easier for Swihart to receive more time behind the plate, if called on.
"Whoever I feel comfortable with that day behind the plate, he'll catch," Cora told reporters in Florida. "Christian already caught him. Sandy's going to catch him today. And then the next turn, Christian's going to catch him. Everybody's going to work with everybody."